I have been posting about Jesus’ parable found in Matthew 13:24-41. Did you know that very soon a weeding is going to take place in the body of Christ? Actually, I believe that it may already have begun.
In the parable, Jesus said that there were going to be elements of the enemy’s kingdom mixed in with His sons and daughters. In the parable the angels inquire, “Sir, didn’t You sow good seed into Your field? Where did all these evil ones come from?”
Jesus explains that it was the work of the Devil.
The angels then ask Him, “Do you want us to go pull them up?”
“No”, He answers, “because while you’re pulling up the evil ones you may root up, hurt, or destroy My sons and daughters. Let both groups grow together until the end of the age. At that time I’ll tell the angels, first collect the sons of the evil one, tie them up and burn them. Then, gather My people and bring them into My dwelling place.”
Here you can see that Christ is not so much concerned with the weeds that are way out on the fringes. It’s the weeds that are mixed up with His kingdom that He wants to do something about. As we approach the end of the age, there’s going to be a time when God starts weeding.
I’ve seen some things happen in my lifetime that were unheard of in the past. Ministries that we thought were incredible seem to have gotten plucked up because there were some things that were wrong going on below the surface. God is exposing sin and saying, “I want that out of My kingdom.”
I believe that as we get closer to the end of the age, we’re going to see more and more of God’s weeding going on. That’s what Jesus wanted to communicate to His disciples. Don’t expect to have a kingdom that’s perfect right from the start.
Instead, He warned them that on earth there was going to be people with impure motives in His kingdom. There are going to be people among us that are not really living for Christ. They may claim to be Christians, but they’re poisonous. In my last post I talked about the specifics of that poison.
As we approach the end of the age, we’re going to see a new move of the Spirit of God as He weeds His kingdom. I believe that very soon, a separation is going to take place. Just as Jesus said, the Son of Man is going to send out His angels to expose, uproot, and remove those things that are not a part of His plan for the church. We, as believers, must be prepared for this to occur by realizing that the hand of God is in it.
Question: Do you see this weeding process as already starting?
© Nick Zaccardi 2013