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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Friday, June 9, 2017
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Dear Lord, open our hearts and our minds to the power of Your Word, which as we read, we may know, understand, and obey Your Word for us today. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen. (Author unknown)
Today’s scripture reading:
Jesus gives the meaning of this parable in Matthew 13:36-43 [see below]. All the parables in this chapter teach us about God and his Kingdom. They explain what the Kingdom is really like as opposed to our expectations of it. The Kingdom of Heaven is not a geographic location but a spiritual realm where God rules and where we share in his eternal life. We join that Kingdom when we trust in Christ as Savior.
The young weeds and the young blades of wheat look the same and can’t be distinguished until they are grown and ready for harvest. Weeds (unbelievers) and wheat (believers) must live side by side in this world. God allows unbelievers to remain for a while, just as a farmer allows weeds to remain in his field so the surrounding wheat isn’t uprooted with them. At the harvest, however, the weeds will be uprooted and thrown away. God’s harvest (judgment) of all people is coming. We are to make ourselves ready by making sure that our faith is sincere. (NLT)
Matthew 13:24-30 – Here is another story Jesus told: “The Kingdom of Heaven is like a farmer who planted good seed in his field. But that night as everyone slept, his enemy came and planted weeds among the wheat. When the crop began to grow and produce grain, the weeds also grew. The farmer’s servants came and told him, ‘Sir, the field where you planted the good seed is full of weeds!’
“‘An enemy has done it!’ the farmer exclaimed.
“Shall we pull out the weeds?’ they asked.
“He replied, ‘No, you’ll hurt the wheat if you do. Let both grow together until the harvest. Then I will tell the harvesters to sort out the weeds and burn them and to put the wheat in the barn.’”
*At the end of the world, angels will separate the evil from the good. There are true and false believers in churches today, but we should be cautious in our judgments because only Christ is qualified to make the final separation. If you start judging, you may damage some of the good “plants.” It’s more important to judge our own response to God than to analyze others’ responses. (NLT)
Matthew 13:36-43 – Then leaving the crowds outside, Jesus went into the house. His disciples said, “Please explain the story of the weeds in the field.”
“All right,” he said, “I, the Son of Man, am the farmer who plants the good seed. The field is the world, and the good seed represents the people of the Kingdom. The weeds are the people who belong to the evil one. The enemy who planted the weeds among the wheat is the Devil. The harvest is the end of the world, and the harvesters are the angels.
“Just as weeds are separated out and burned, so it will be at the end of the world. I, the Son of Man, will send my angels, and they will remove from my Kingdom everything that causes sin and all who do evil, and they will throw them into the furnace and burn them. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Then the godly will shine like the sun in their Father’s Kingdom. Anyone who is willing to hear should listen and understand!”
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning. –Lamentations 3:22-23 (NRSV)
Lynne Jamison’s (Pennsylvania) story is titled “GROWING POTENTIAL;” here is a portion of Lynne’s story:
“For several years, wild violets have grown in part of my herb garden. Then it finally occurred to me that violets are weeds. They may be beautiful, but I was allowing them to sap the vital nutrients from the soil to the detriment of my herbs. . . .
“Sin, like weeds, can come into our lives beautifully packaged and seemingly harmless. But it robs us of the spiritual nutrients we need to grow. I wondered, Where have I compromised my spiritual life by letting sin grow? What pretty package did it come in? For starters, I like to think I am self-sufficient. I don’t always ask God for guidance, and sometimes I forget to read my Bible.
“Thankfully, God provides new mercies every morning and forgives me. Just as I pulled out the violets that prevented my herbs from growing to their full potential, with God’s guidance, we are able to make choices and to change behaviors so that we will no longer compromise our spiritual growth.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – How do the compromises and choices I make impact my spiritual growth?
Prayer: Gracious God, forgive our failings. Help us to uproot sin from our hearts and minds and use our hands, feet, and voices to spread your good news. Amen.
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