“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.’””
Matthew 13:24-30 NLT

It’s disturbing when you go looking for fruit in the good you know you’ve done only to discover that someone has put something bad in the mix. You know the work that you’ve done; you’ve done everything you know to make this a fruitful project but then someone tries to sabotage your work. It makes you want to just go in and turn over tables until you find one responsible for messing up your field.
Jesus tells a parable of a farmer who sows GOOD seed in hopes of a harvest but while he was sleeping a enemy came in and sowed bad seed. When the plants began to grow the workers noticed that weeds were growing up with the wheat. The workers began to question the integrity of the farmer, “Didn’t you sow good seed? Where did all this bad seed come from? An enemy did this”
This is so rich in meaning.
  1. While he was sleeping an enemy sowed bad seed. As a leader you can do your level best and someone come behind you while you’re resting and sow bad seed. Pastoring would be so easy if all I had to do was preach but instead I have to deal with the bad seeds that are sown while I’m resting; So do you! You raise your kids the best you know how. Send them to school and somebody sows bad seed in their minds. You work to have a good marriage then someone comes and sows bad seed causing conflict in your relationship.
  2. Should we pull the weeds up? No! When wheat and weeds are in their infancy stage they look alike. If you start snatching weeds you may pull up wheat by accident. This is where wisdom comes in. You have to work with people who don’t mean you any good but you have to wait until they show who they really are. But the confusing thing is that in this season wheat and weeds look the same! You have to pray hard because the natural reaction is to start snatching!
  3. Let God sort it out! When the wheat matures you are able to recognize the distinction by the heads of grain. The weeds have no fruit or purpose. When people continue to yield no fruit and they are just taking up space they must be removed. You don’t have to remove some people, they remove themselves! When people finally reveal themselves move quickly and decisively. Bind up every weedy, needy, and greedy person and get them out of your field!!

Dear God,

I pray that you would show me the people who are sowing seeds of discord in my field. This year during harvest sort out those who are fruitful and remove the unfruitful. 2017 was a year of trial and testing trying to figure out who’s who. 2018 is my year of harvest. Show me the people who are with me and remove everyone that is against me. I’m ready for my harvest! Thank you for sorting it out and removing those that sow seeds of discord, disrespect, and division. The harvest is plentiful but the workers have been few. Thank you for sending me workers that can help separate the wheat from the weeds. Thank you God for more wheat than weeds this year!
In Jesus’ Name,