Matthew 13:24-29—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 the workers slept, his enemy came and planted weeds among the wheat, then slipped away. When the crop began to grow and produce grain, the weeds also grew. The farmer’s workers went to him and said, ‘Sir, the field where you planted that good seed is full of weeds! Where did they come from?’ ‘An enemy has done this!’ the farmer exclaimed. ‘Should we pull out the weeds?’ they asked. ‘No,’ he replied, ‘you’ll uproot the wheat if you do. Let both grow together until the harvest. Then I will tell the harvesters to sort out the weeds, tie them into bundles, and burn them, and to put the wheat in the barn.’”
It’s not up to us where to plant seeds, or to judge whether it is growing once it has been planted. In Matthew 28:19 we’re told by Jesus to “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit…” We’re supposed to make disciples who belong to every nation, not pick and choose those who we think will respond to the Gospel.
The person we look at and assume won’t respond to the Good News could be in just the right place to listen to God working on their heart. Despite what most of us would think, it’s often the most religious people who have the hardest time understanding the true meaning of the Gospel!
The heart reveals whether the seed of the Gospel will germinate. We are not what makes it grow; that is God’s job. What we need to worry about is planting the seeds, and then letting God do the rest. He is the all-knowing one, not us—He knows the condition of the soil! We don’t know the inner workings of other people’s hearts, so instead of trying to identify and pull out the weeds, risking pulling out some of the growing plants, we need to keep our focus on the mission we’ve been given from God to sow the seeds of the Gospel.
The truth is, hearts are not always ready to listen to the Good News. The Kingdom of God is for everybody—Christ can save everyone—but not everyone will receive it and be a part of it. But it isn’t for us to judge whether someone is ready or not. When they are ready, a seed planted days, weeks, or even years before can begin to grow. We can’t decide where the seed of the Gospel will take root, but we can decide to be fruitful and multiply by sowing seeds wherever we go. It’s not like we’ll run out!
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