Time to do some weeding – Matthew 13:24-30
Matthew 13:24-30: Jesus told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field. But while everyone was sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away. When the wheat sprouted and formed heads, then the weeds also appeared. “The owner’s servants came to him and said, ‘Sir, didn’t you sow good seed in your field? Where then did the weeds come from?’ ” ‘An enemy did this,’ he replied. “The servants asked him, ‘Do you want us to go and pull them up?’ ” ‘No,’ he answered, ‘because while you are pulling the weeds, you may root up the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest. At that time I will tell the harvesters: First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles to be burned; then gather the wheat and bring it into my barn.’ “
While reading this passage this morning I had the most amazing experience! I realised that within my own life there were weeds amongst the wonderful things that make up my life. And I realised that I need to remove my weeds. So I sat down and wrote a list identifying these weeds and what I was going to do to remove them. I listed the practices that I am not happy with, the things that can lead to sin, and I worked out how to remove those practices. I sat there reading my freshly written list, praising God for this revelation and then: I was overcome with the Holy Spirit, a strong, glorious feeling of peace and joy!!
And then something else quite amazing happened. I went to bed and woke up with cold symptoms, sore throat, tiredness etc.. and all of this instantly disappeared when I was filled with the Holy Spirit! This is a first for me, in fact I have never heard of that happening to anyone else before, but I welcome it!
Do you have weeds you need to remove?
Rev Mark Brown
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