Wednesday 2 March 2022

Matthew 13:36-43

36 Then he left the crowd and went into the house. His disciples came to him and said, “Explain to us the parable of the weeds in the field.” 37 He answered, “The one who sowed the good seed is the Son of Man. 38 The field is the world, and the good seed stands for the people of the kingdom. The weeds are the people of the evil one, 39 and the enemy who sows them is the devil. The harvest is the end of the age, and the harvesters are angels. 40 “As the weeds are pulled up and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of the age. 41 The Son of Man will send out his angels, and they will weed out of his kingdom everything that causes sin and all who do evil. 42 They will throw them into the blazing furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. 43 Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Whoever has ears, let them hear.

Having done an Agricultural Degree, I understand the concept of sowing and reaping.  When you sow a crop, it may not be perfect conditions, it may be too dry, it may be too wet, however if you sow nothing – you reap nothing.

What we do, how we spend our time, how we spend our money, all have far reaching consequences.  If we choose to sow to this world, we will reap nothing of eternal significance, however if we choose to sow to His Kingdom, we lay foundations far greater than what we will ever know.

What if Paul had never gone church planting, what if Peter had never gone to Rome, what if the disciples had not left their businesses and spent time transforming their communities and other places in the world.  What if Charles and John Wesley had not answered the call of God, what if William Wilberforce had not used his position in parliament to end the English slave trade, what if John Newton had not got saved and written Amazing Grace?

I remember the story about the South African potato farmer, Angus Buchan, who dared to believe God rather than his circumstances.  Once a hard drinking farmer, he met Jesus.  His future transformed forever.  He is now still a farmer, BUT also an international evangelist, holds healing rallies in his 500 seat auditorium on his farming land, he has set up AIDS clinics, and travels to share his faith in Jesus.

In 2022, WHAT IF YOU AND I …………?

Prayer:  Lord, this world is so very broken, we look around, we listen to the news, and we see so much wrong.  Lord, we pray that you would use us this year to bring about a revolution for Jesus in our Community.  Lord we know your Kingdom overcomes the world.  Use us we pray.  Amen.

Written by Ps. Sue Botta

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  1. Richard says:

    “He who has ears – let him hear”.

    It is a pretty straight forward phrase, it is packed with a punch. Jesus has just given us a parable that gives us a stark contrast about the nature of the end times when He will judge the peoples of the earth. Clearly the righteous and unrighteous have coexisted up until this time but there is a day when they will be separated. Jesus is calling it – He is warning us. It can be easy to get focused on the things of this world. All too often the evidence of Christ’s kingdom can be obscured from our sight, it can be seemingly slow, even unlikely.

    But the kingdom of God is real and it is coming, though not fully here as yet.

    Jesus states “Him who has ears let him hear”. What does He mean? Clearly everyone in ear shot heard what He was saying. But did they take it to heart, will they act in the light of what Jesus says, will I act in this knowledge and understanding of life. This is a call to obedience to the life Jesus calls us to – I choose God!

    Father, help me to live in obedience to You in all ways at all times.

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