Our scripture this week is Matthew 13:24-30.

Jesus told them another parable: The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field. But while everyone was sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away. When the wheat sprouted and formed heads, then the weeds also appeared. The owner’s servants came to him and said, “Sir, didn’t you sow good seed in your field? Where then did the weeds come from?” “An enemy did this”, he replied. The servants asked him, “Do you want us to go and pull them up?” “No,” he answered, “because while you are pulling the weeds, you may uproot the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest. At that time I will tell the harvesters: First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles to be burned; then gather the wheat and bring it into my barn.”

Jesus wants us to understand that we come from good seed, not weeds. God made us in His image to be His children, but we have forgotten our heritage – or worse, chosen not to claim it. This parable calls us to wake up and remember who we were created to be.

God also calls us to care for the “field”, our own communities and the world. We must look after the crop, our brothers and sisters for whom we are responsible. While this is an awesome task, God promised us strength and the glad energy of those who work beside us.

The day will come when we will be judged as wholesome wheat to be stored for eternity with God or worthless weeds to be thrown on the burning pile. It is a hard lesson to hear, but there are no other options. When the harvest comes, may He find us ready!

Gracious God, we are thankful to be Your children, called to be part of Your work here and with You eternally. Help us to watch over each other in love, to become the people You intend us to be. Amen.

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