Wheat And Tares
Today’s Scripture: “But while he slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way.”—Matthew 13:25.
HOW CLEARLY our Lord taught the personality of Satan! In His explanation of this parable, He said distinctly, “The enemy that sowed them is the devil.” He knew that in every heart–in the Church as well as in the world–the great enemy of God’s Kingdom, and of human happiness, is always at work, sowing tares. The seed may be very small, but in a single night irreparable injury may be wrought.
Notice that we become as the seed we receive–those who receive the wheat-seed become wheat; those who receive the tare-seed become tares. “As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he.” How careful we should be over the books we read, the companionship and friendship that we form, the recreations that we take part in. Such are some of the processes by which our characters are being made. If we are thoughtless and careless, we expose ourselves to the reception of tare-seed, which germinates into weeds and rubbish. Of course, if our necessary duties take us into scenes where evil is rife, we may claim the keeping power of Christ, and hide ourselves in Him. As the doctor or nurse will saturate themselves with disinfectant when called to a house where plague or fever is incurred, so the Holy Spirit, in whom we may bathe our souls, will be as the antiseptic, and deliver us from the microbes of temptation (Galatians 5:16-17).
There is not much difference, it is said, between wheat and tares, in the earlier stages of growth; it is only when the harvest comes that the distinction is dearly defined. So in the Church and the world, there are many counterfeits, people who seem to be good and true, but they are not what they seem, and in the day of reckoning they will be rooted up and cast forth as rubbish. The two classes that will be rejected at last are “All that cause stumbling, and them that do iniquity” (Matthew 13:41, R.V.). It may be that you are not amongst those that do iniquity, in any of its glaring forms, but are you causing others to stumble by your inconsistent behavior or worldliness? Let each of us carefully examine ourselves, and open our hearts to receive from the hand of the Lord Jesus the incorruptible seed which He waits to implant by His Word.