Do not pull the weeds!

young corn plant

Bible verse and the Spirit of Prophecy insight

Matthew 13:29-30

29 But he said, ‘No, lest while you gather up the tares you also uproot the wheat with them. 30 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.” ’ ”

Finite man is likely to misjudge character, but God does not leave the work of judgment to those who are not fitted for it. We are not to say who constitutes the wheat and who the tares. The time of harvest will determine the character of the two classes specified under the figure of the wheat and the tares. The work of separation is given to the angels of God, and not committed to any man.

Ellen G. White – Experiences in Australia p.92.3

Present day application

Based on the above texts, it is pretty clear that the work of separating the wheat from the tares has not been given to us. Let us be honest though, how many times have you wondered: “what is this person doing in our church? They are just a nuisance, they are not really converted”. I must admit I am guilty of such thoughts, too. The ironic part is… some church members were probably having the same thoughts regarding me! 😀

Recently, I have been learning to recognize which plants in my garden are weeds and which ones are useful/edible. Bear in mind, I have recently relocated to South East Asia from Europe and thus I am not familiar with the local flora. I often ask the locals for advice regarding the plants I am about to pull out. I really would not like to pull some type of precious plant and thus destroy the work of the sower.

This is why the harvest belongs to God’s angels. Having been given access to the Book of Life, they will go forth to harvest the Earth. The Lord is the ultimate gardener: He knows the seed; He knows the plant; He knows the fruit. Even before we were born, He knew us. There will be no mistakes in that great harvest. Therefore, let us remember to trust his judgements.

So, have you done any weeding recently? 😉

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