Matthew 13: 24-30 (NKJV)
Another parable He put forth to them, saying: “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who 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 grain had sprouted and produced a crop, then the tares also appeared.
So the servants of the owner came and said to him, ‘Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have tares?’
He said to them, ‘An enemy has done this.’ The servants said to him, ‘Do you want us then to go and gather them up?’
But he said, ‘No, lest while you gather up the tares you also uproot the wheat with them.
Let both grow together until the harvest, and at the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, “First gather together the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them, but gather the wheat into my barn.”
This parable is not about the world, but about the church– God’s people.
Where is the wheat? In God’s house.
Where are the tares? Also in God’s house.
Jesus tells us how among God’s people, the wheat, there have been sown tares. Christ also says that both the wheat and the tares are to grow together until the harvest.
In God’s house there are people who are earnestly seeking after God, living for Him and allowing Him to change them.
Still in God’s house are those who have not allowed the refreshing and transforming power of the Holy Spirit to touch their hearts. They gossip, slander, malign and outright lie against God’s people. No greater work can be done on the side of darkness than those who profess to be in the light (Isaiah 5:20) but have not given their hearts to God, the source of light (1 John 1:5). They are used as some of the greatest instruments of Satan to harass and discourage God’s people and to cause those looking in to turn away in disgust, often exclaiming “If this is what the church is like, I would be better off in the world.”
With this knowledge that in God’s church there are both wheat and tares, those who are seeking after God must not become discouraged by what they see and hear in the church. Instead, this knowledge should prompt God’s people everywhere to be strong in God and stand as lights in the church so that all who come in seeking Christ, would be able to see Him shining in us.