Read Matthew 13:24-30 & 13:36-43
S.O.A.P. The Parable of the Weeds
(Scripture. Observation. Application. Prayer.)
S – The Parable of the Weeds and Explanation: Matthew 13:24-30 & 13:36-43
O – Young weeds and young blades of wheat are difficult to distinguish until they are grown and ready for harvest. Weeds (symbolizing unbelievers) and wheat (symbolizing believers) must live side by side in this world. At the harvest (judgement) the weeds will be uprooted and thrown into a furnace (hell). Angels will be sent to separate the weeds from the wheat. We need to make ourselves ready by making sure our faith is sincere. There are both true and false believers in our churches, but we should be cautious to make judgements as Christ is the only one qualified to judge and make the final separation. Jesus uses words like “weeping” (indicating sorrow or remorse) and “gnashing of teeth” (extreme anxiety or pain) when talking about the coming judgement. Those who live in selfishness and indifference to God will be eternally punished.
A – God has been revealing to me recently through His Word, sermons I’ve heard and the salvation of my sweet Lyric, how incredibly important it is that we have true faith and a genuine relationship with him as we live in this world. WE ARE HIS DISCIPLES. People will come to know Him through us, His children. This is our purpose, let us not miss any opportunity to love others well and show them Jesus.
P – Dear Lord, equip me to be a disciple for your Kingdom every day of my life. Let me take personal risks to bring the gospel to every relationship. When the enemy tries to throw me off track, let me come rest in you and center my heart on you! In Jesus’ name, Amen.