“Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field: But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way. But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also. So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares? He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up? But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn.”
– Matthew 13:24-30
I never really understood why you wouldn’t pull up the tares (weeds) if you saw them growing in the garden…until last week, when I was helping clean out a garden that had not been weeded in a long time. It was mostly weeds and super tall grass, but there were other plants in there that we wanted to keep (like irises and hostas).
I set out to help pull the weeds. I knew what we wanted to keep and what we didn’t…it didn’t seem like it would be hard. But avoiding pulling an iris while it is entangled in a nest of weeds is nearly impossible. We had to replant many of the irises and tulips that I pulled out of the garden while attempting to get rid of the weeds. And if you’ve ever weeded, you’ll know that the weeds somehow stick in the ground a whole lot better than the plants that you want. It’s much easier to pull up your flowers than it is your weeds. Now I understand why you wouldn’t want to pull up the tares that are amongst the wheat…wheat isn’t as easy to put back in the ground as a bulbed plant. There were valuable plants that I pulled up that we were unable to save. They wilted and died.
Have you ever wondered what the point of this parable was? The answer is found in Matthew 13:36-43. The field is the world, those of us who are saved are the wheat, and those who are not saved (including those who are playing a good game) are the tares. God said that one day, He’ll pluck us all off the face of the earth (when we die), but the tares shall be thrown “into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.” (Matthew 13:42)
Today, you need to ask yourself whether you are truly a Child of God, or if you’re just playing a game. You can go to church and pretend to be the holiest person there, and you can fool all of us. But you won’t be able to fool God. He knows your heart (Jeremiah 17:10). If you have not put your trust in Jesus Christ, now is the time to do so. I don’t want you to go to a place of eternal pain and suffering. If you have any questions or doubts about your salvation, click here to learn how to be saved.