Matthew 13:24-58; Leviticus 19; Proverbs 29
There are some people who really focus on the purity of the Church. We see and hear stories about people who are kicked out of church for one reason or another. We see people who have decided who may and who may not be considered a Christian because of their list of “acceptable vs. unacceptable sins.” Of course, they don’t use those words. In truth, though, Jesus has a plan for living as the Church in an imperfect world. He told us in the parable of the weeds. Someone noticed weeds growing among the wheat. The good servants were ready to deal with the problem by pulling the weeds. The master, caring for the wheat, didn’t want to lose any of it, so he allowed the weeds and the wheat to grow together.“The servants said to him, ‘Do you want us to go and gather them?’ But the landowner said, ‘No, because if you gather the weeds, you’ll pull up the wheat along with them.’” (Matthew 13:28-29) Let’s be honest: in the Church we see weeds and wheat growing together. The call of Jesus Christ is not to remove the weeds; the call of Jesus Christ is to do something no farmer can do with weeds, transform them. God allows the weeds to continue in this world so that those who are the wheat can draw them to God. They can be changed from weeds to wheat. There are people who just need to see the love and mercy of Jesus in our everyday lives. We must let Jesus Christ work through us to transform the weeds into wheat.
Lord God, I sure would like everyone else to be as close to You as I am. Perhaps, though, that attitude reveals that I still have a long way to go. Keep working in me. Let my life reflect Your grace and mercy to those who need You and need to grow in You even more.