Of wheat and weeds

Matthew 13:24-30

Surely you have heard someone say, “I don’t attend worship services because the church is filled with hypocrites.” Others say that they don’t worship on Sunday morning because they do not see that it makes a difference. People in the church act just like those outside the church.

Sound familiar? It should. That’s where so many people are today in their thinking. They are disenchanted with churchgoers who are judgmental about others. Well, guess what? They are right; the church is filled with hypocrites. That’s because the church is filled with sinners. It’s filled with broken, sinful individuals in need of a Savior.

Today, as in yesterday’s post, the gardener sows good seeds in good soil. But in the night, the evil one sneaks into the field and plants weedy seeds among the good wheat. When they sprout up, the good and the bad are so intertwined, it is difficult to tell which is which. But as the seeds of faith sprout and grow, sinners are brought to repentance.

Yes, the church is filled with hypocrites. It’s packed with sinners in need of redemption. But remember, Jesus came to save sinners. Those who believe and are baptized will be saved (Mark 16:16).

Prayer: Turn me away from sin, O Lord, that I may live for you alone. Amen.

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