Tuesday, 27 May 2014

The Church is a Hospital!

After going through the parable of the tares, I was inspired to research more about weeds. From my findings, what stood out for me was the fact that; the purpose of weeds is to make you aware that the soil is lacking in certain nutrients and this is the reason why there are several kinds of weeds. With cross reference to Matthew 13:1-23, parable of the sower and the seed, the soil represents the heart/mind.

I then sought to answer the following questions: Why do the tares and wheat have to grow together? Won't the tares use up the remaining of the already lacking nutrients in the soil? What if the tares out grow the wheat? Isn't it safer to just get rid of the tares and just risk losing one or two wheat plants than risking the whole field at harvest time? Could there be a positive side to these tares?

Upon reflection I realized that uprooting the tares was not an option because The Lord is not willing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9). So the only remaining question was, could there really be a positive side to these tares?

I came to a conclusion that, Yes! there is a positive side of these tares. Though they are capable of tearing down truth, sometimes God allows those tares to do their work because he wants to make us aware of the lacking nutrients in our hearts.

When wheat stands up on the pulpit we feel warm, we say YES! truth, yes TRUTH! but the real condition of our hearts is set out by how we respond to the tare that stands up and says "there is no victory over sin, we are saved in our sins."

Are we like John who said, Lord send down fire from heaven and consume the Samaritans? Or are we like Moses who pleads for the sins of Israel, to the extend that we are willing that our names be blotted out for the sake of our brothers and sisters?

When we see the tares in the church, do we just sit and watch them tear down truth? Do we get fade up and leave? Leaving the precious souls to be lost while we find ourselves a place where we can have pure and holy worship? Or do we like the good shepherd, stand up, FIGHT and contend for the faith that was once delivered unto the saints? (Jude 3). Do we possess the love of Christ that we are willing to lay down our lives for our friends? (John 15:13).

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  1. What a thought-provoking truth, I'm gonna "chew" on this for a while today. Thank you! Visiting today from Woman 2 Woman!

  2. Don't you just love it when God leads us to do more research on a passage? To me it seems easiest to tear out the tares. God is so much more loving in not wanting any to perish. Oh to be like Him more!

  3. Thanks for sharing and linking up:)

  4. Great post! And thank you for stopping by my blog! :) Blessings to you!