The best farmers focus their attention on the harvest. Rookies may fall for what makes sense today or tomorrow but the best will keep their attention on what is best for the greatest harvest.
When it comes to the ultimate harvest, the end times and the beginning of our eternity in Heaven… there is only one great farmer and that is Jesus Christ. So when Jesus is talking to a bunch of wheat farmers in Israel, he is using the analogy of a wheat farm to explain about the eventual harvest and the kingdom of heaven.
The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a man who sowed good seed in his field, but while his men were sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat and went away. So when the plants came up and bore grain, then the weeds appeared also. And the servants of the master of the house came and said to him, ‘Master, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have weeds?’ He said to them, ‘An enemy has done this.’ So the servants said to him, ‘Then do you want us to go and gather them?’ But he said, ‘No, lest in gathering the weeds you root up the wheat along with them. Let both grow together until the harvest, and at harvest time I will tell the reapers, Gather the weeds first and bind them in bundles to be burned, but gather the wheat into my barn.
Of course He explained it later that “The one who sows the good seed is the Son of Man. The field is the world, and the good seed is the sons of the kingdom. The weeds are the sons of the evil one, and the enemy who sowed them is the devil.” (Matt 13:37-39) What is amazing is that for most of us ‘amateur farmers’, we would think that pulling the weeds early would make the most sense. But Jesus knows that there is serious danger in pulling young weeds too close to young wheat. It’s possible that the young wheat would be pulled up at the same time. Then not only do you loose that wheat but its seed as well. But if you let the weed grow next to the wheat, that wheat will still produce some. Then you save the separation to the time of the harvest.
All around us (even in our churches) are weeds, planted by the enemy. We would love it for Christ to pull those weeds now but He knows that even when them there, we can continue to grow and produce seed. He is fully confident that in the right time, His “reapers” (angels) will have no problem separating the weeds from the wheat.
Too often we grow impatient for God to do a little weeding. As our society gets crazier and crazier… more and more weeds continue to grow in our wheat field. Don’t focus on the weeds. Instead, continue to grow in Him. Continue to produce more seeds and spread more wheat. Yes, the weeds will continue to grow and spread as well. But trust that when the harvest comes, His reapers will easily separate us. They will cast the weeds into the fire and bring the wheat into the Father’s barn.