“Let both grow together until the harvest. Then I will tell the harvesters to sort out the weeds, tie them into bundles, and burn them, and to put the wheat in the barn.”
Jesus tells another parable about the kingdom of heaven.
A farmer plants good seed in the soil. An enemy comes at night and plants weeds amongst the wheat. The weeds grow up amongst the wheat.
The farmer’s workers ask what they should do. The farmer instructs them to leave the weeds until harvest time. Then the weeds will be separated, bundled and burned, but the wheat will be kept safe.
People condemn the church as being “full of hypocrites” as if this is a bad thing.
Some of the so-called hypocrites are immature christians who are yet to be completely sanctified.
Others, though, are people who, for whatever reason, are in the church but are not a part of the people of God. They are not truly saved or wanting to be led by the Holy Spirit. These are the weeds in the parable, people planted by the enemy not sown by the Saviour.
The parable tells us that we must not judge, for that is God’s job. Judgement will take place at the end of the age when it is clear what the fruits of a person’s life are.
Father I know that judgement is real and that one day the weeds will be separated from the wheat. May I always be faithful to you so that on the Day I will be found amongst the wheat. Amen.