Thought of the Day !!
Here is another story Jesus told: "The Kingdom of Heaven is like a farmer who planted good seed in his field. But that night as the workers slept, his enemy came and planted weeds among the wheat, then slipped away. When the crop began to grow and produce grain, the weeds also grew.
Matthew 13:24-26 (NLT)
The point here is that there will always be evil in our midst. As bad as we want our world to be perfect, there will always be weeds growing in it; bad people who care nothing for others and are living out their lives being controlled by their own sense of gratification and being lured more and more by the devil’s evil schemes.
Jesus says that there will come a time of harvest and the angels will take the weeds and throw them into the fiery furnace (verse 42). It’s obvious to us that this is a metaphor for hell. What will be removed from His Kingdom is “everything that causes sin and all who do evil. (verse 41)” The Greek literally means those who cause others to sin and those who care not what Jesus wants them to do.
Remember that there is always going to be evil around us…quite possibly right here in our churches. Our main objective should be to make sure that we don’t allow ourselves to become a part of this evil by being prideful, thinking that that we’re untouchable by the temptations of the devil or by being holier-than-thou like the Pharisees, thus thinking of ourselves better than others. If we do, we’ll be inviting the devil to use us as weeds instead of good nutritious wheat.
We must practice good disciplines, stay in touch with our Lord and commune together to gain strength from each other. These things will help us fend off the enemy when he comes our way.
In the love of Christ,