Last week Pastor Nick shared with us about the parable of the wheat and the tares from Matthew 13. Explaining that those in the kingdom and those who seek to imitate and discredit it, can be indistinguishable for a time, but that God will sort it all out in the end. I don’t know about you, but that’s a bit alarming to me.
If we can’t tear out the tares without ruining the wheat, how in the world are we as Christians supposed to make a difference in this world? How does God’s kingdom stand a chance with all of the imposters? It’s great to know that there is a victory in the end, but what about in the meantime?
I’m sure the disciples had questions too. How could God’s people survive, much less thrive, in the midst of such unfavorable circumstances? With Satan and his evil forces sowing imposters in the world to discredit God, how could a few faithful ones overcome such a devastating attack? Despite God’s ability to sort it out in the end, how do we make any progress?
In the face of such opposition, do Christians have what it takes? Do we have enough? These two parables are Jesus response. With God, even small can be mighty.