For the last several weeks my husband has actively been planting food plots in preparation for deer season. It has required deliberate planning for locations, tilling plots, research of specific crops, and sowing seeds. After that, lots of prayer for rain to come and birds to not eat the seeds sown. All these plans to entice deer to come to a pre-arranged buffet location.
One of the things we’ve discovered through this process is that we had to repeatedly till up the land because there are residual weed seeds at multiple layers of the soil. Each time we disked it up we had to wait a while to watch the weeds take hold…then till again. Repeat, rinse. It’s been quiet the process to get up all the weeds in order to plant the food plots.
Interestingly enough, this isn’t the process that Jesus told us to do in regards to the evil weeds of the world. Jesus told the parable in Matthew 13:24-30 (NASB) that we should let the weeds grow up with the wheat.
“Jesus presented another parable to them, saying, “The kingdom of heaven is like 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 left. And when the wheat sprouted and produced grain, then the weeds also became evident. And the slaves of the landowner came and said to him, ‘Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have weeds?’ And he said to them, An enemy has done this!’ The slaves said to him, ‘Do you want us, then, to go and gather them up?’ But he said, ‘No; while you are gathering up the weeds, you may uproot the wheat with them. Allow both to grow together until the harvest; and at the time of the harvest I will say to the reapers, “First gather up the weeds and bind them in bundles to burn them; but gather the wheat into my barn.”
Jesus goes on to explain that this field represents the world, that Jesus is sowing the seeds which are the Word of God, and the enemy is Satan who has planted the poisonous weeds. Yikes. Both the church and the enemy are sowing seeds…one is worth harvesting, and one will be burned.
While believers are game to spread the seeds of the Good News, we try in vain to stay away from sin and evil. Of note, most of us want to pull up the weeds by the roots and be done with the enemy and evil that he sows. But that is not our job. According to Matthew 7:5, the only evil we are required to root out, is the evil in our own lives.
That does not negate our calling to sow seeds generously in the harvest fields (Matthew 13:1-23). We need to keep sharing, keep praying, and keep planting the seeds of the Gospel. We speak truth. We vote according to our beliefs and we work against injustces that we see happening around us. We continue to work for the Kingdom as the hands and feet of Christ.
The weeds in the food plot planting for deer season must be dealt with through continuously tilling the soil. But the weeds sown by Satan? We leave those alone…let God deal with them on Judgment Day.
I pray you have a fruitful week spreading the seeds of Christ’s true love.