Weeds and Harvest – 2014.09.08

"Do you want us to go and pull up the weeds?" they asked Jesus. "No", he answered, "because as you gather the weeds you might pull up some of the wheat along with them."
Matthew 13, 29f

A man sowed good seed in his field. But at night, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat. And as the wheat grew, the weeds came through. The servants asked the landlord: Sir, it was good seed you sowed in your field; where did the weeds come from? He said: An enemy has done this.The servants said to him: Do you want us to go and gather them? But the landowner didn’t want it and told them: No, because if you gather the weeds, you’ll pull up the wheat along with them. Let both grow side by side until the harvest. And at harvesttime I’ll say to the harvesters, “First gather the weeds and tie them together in bundles to be burned. But bring the wheat into my barn.”
God has a lot o patience! He guards and cares for every little plant and blesses it, so that it gets large and fertile. But the enemy is jealous and envious and sows weeds; – People who do not want to listen to God and go their own ways stubbornly; People who decide what is good and what is evil; People who do not belong to God. Often I have asked God to "take away" such a human. I saw how much evil he did to others, how he tried to seduce God’s church or exploited and cheated others, or even caused strife and wars. But God would not listen to my prayer. He always told me that He also loved this man and wanted him to be saved. I always had to be ashamed of my impatience and pray for these "poor" people. God showed me my own shortcomings. And He said: Well, should I really eradicate all evil? Then I had to sadly realize that I belong to this crowd as well. But how good that God has so much patience!
There will come a day when the angels are sent to catch and collect the evil and throw it into a fiery furnace. Then the righteous will shine like the sun in their Father’s kingdom (V.43)!
Thank you, Jesus, I am not better than anyone else. Only You can make me righteous. Once I’ll be in Your kingdom and will shine carefree and happy as the sun. How fortunate that You have so much patience with me! How good that You care about me and nurture me like a small plant. You promised that I will bear good fruit; – And You will keep Your promise. You are God!!

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