Are you the wheat or the tare sown into the good soil?
According to Webster’s dictionary; a tare is “An undesirable or bad element that endangers the well-being of what is good and beneficial.” If a tare is undesirable and endangers the well-being of what is good; what does that say about our relationships with people or our relationship with God.
If you look in your Bible, you will see that the Parable of the Wheat and the Tares comes right after the Parable of the Soils (see Matthew 13:3-8; 18-23) and I like how Jesus; in my opinion ties the parable together. In the Parable of the Wheat and the Tares, we will see how Jesus compares people to either the wheat or the tares.
“24. Another parable He put forth to them, saying: “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field; 25. but while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat and went his way. 26. But when the grain had sprouted and produced a crop, then the tares also appeared. 27. So the servants of the owner came and said to him, “Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have tares?
28. He said to them, “An enemy has done this. The servants said to him, “Do you want us then to go and gather them up? 29. But he said to them, ‘No, lest while you gather up the tares you also uproot the wheat with them. 30. Let both grow together until the harvest, and at the time of the harvest I will say to the reapers, “First gather together the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them, but gather the wheat into my barn.”
In the parable, Jesus references “the enemy” which I feel represents Satan and how he places “tares” or false Christians or non-believers in with the “wheat” or the Children of God in order to uproot our belief in Christ. As Christians, we are called to be children of God and stand in our faith in God, but if we allow the “tares” in our lives from our friends or false Christians to uproot and cause us to doubt our faith in Christ; we too will be gathered into His kingdom.
What I like about this parable is that it alludes to verse 28-29 when the servants asked the owner if they should get rid of the tares, but the owner’s response should show us how much Jesus loved us when He said, “No, lest while you gather up the tares you also uproot the wheat with them.”
“If we let the weeds in our lives continue to grow, eventually they will be uprooted but you too will also be uprooted. Discard the weeds in your life.”
We, as people and Christians must trust God’s word and learn to discern the “wheat” from the false Christians as said in 1 John 4:1 where it talks about the discerning of spirits.
1 John 4:1
“1. Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into this world. “
Blogger SpaniardVIII wrote a blog post entitled, “Red Flag: When Weed looks too much like Wheat”. In the blog post, he said, “Satan has planted his weeds with participants or with those who are unaware of what’s driving them to post that which they post…” and what I like about this quote is that it brings to light the fact that just how God employs angles for different assignments on Earth, Satan too employs his “weeds” or demons that are specifically designed cause harm to the individual Christians and even a church as a whole by targeting its vulnerabilities.
However, as Christ is the owner of the storehouse, there will be a day where Christ will have His servants separate the “tares” from the “wheat”. In my opinion, as children of God and the “wheat” in His fields, we must be able to turn to Jesus when we feel that the “tares” in our lives start to overtake us. Jan Ross of Jan Ross Ministries wrote a blog post entitled, “CONSIDERING WHEAT AND TARES” where she speaks on this very topic.
In the blog post, where she asks the question, “Is our love for the Lord genuine? Is our heart right toward God and our fellow man? Are we bearing fruit, or do we just appear to be fruitful? Do we long for sweet fellowship with the Lord, or do we seek after other “fellowship”?” and when we look at our lives; we should be asking ourselves these questions. For me, these questions show me how much not just the “wheat” but also the “tares” in my life have taken root. In Matthew 13:37-41, Jesus explains the meaning of the Parable of the Wheat and the Tares and what this should mean for Christians and non-Christians.
“37. He answered and said to them; “He who sows the good seed is the Son of Man. 38. The field is the world, the good seeds are the sons of the kingdom, but the tares are the sons of the wicked one. 39. The enemy who sowed them is the devil, the harvest is the end of the age, and the reapers are the angels.
40. Therefore as the tares are gathered and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of this. 41. The Son of Man will send out His angels, and they will gather out of His kingdom all things that offend, and those who practice lawlessness.”
I recently watched a YouTube video called, “The Parable of the Wheat and the Tares – Part 1” where Shane Idleman talked on this subject. In the video, he makes several statements that I feel we, as people and Christians should use when referring to this parable.
- “Self-Examination is very healthy. To examine ourselves; to examine our hearts.
- “Self-Examination. Are you a tare? Are you the false and not the truth?”
- “…. That’s what the enemy often does. He’ll come in at night.”
- “The enemy wants us to keep us asleep… your dead to the things of God.”
- “When we start to examine ourselves; he says, “It’s not you. It’s the other person. Shh! Go back to sleep.”
- “The greatest trick of the enemy [is] to say you’re not the problem”
- “He wants to keep you in that. He doesn’t want you … he fears you examining yourself.”
“Sometimes the tares in our lives can be friends who claim to be Christians. Tares are false and dangerous. Get rid of the people in your life that God says are the tares.”
MissionVentureMinistries wrote a blog post called, “THE WHEAT AND THE TARES – Matthew 13:24-30” where they go into the parable and what it means for our lives today. In the blog post, they said, “Spiritual wheat and tares grow the same way within God’s church, identical in appearance, and to attempt to uproot the tares would result in uprooting some of the wheat as well” and I think that our spirit should only be rooted in God’s Word, but if we let tares come in and uproot us; we won’t be able to fulfill God’s plan for our lives.
MissionVentureMinistries also has several statements that I think we as Christians use in our daily lives to help us understand ourselves and if we are the “Wheat” or the “Tares” in God’s field.
- “Counterfeit believers do exist and are at work within God’s church; Christ Himself says so. The fact that they are present requires that we be on our guard, clinging to the truth of God’s Word not to be deceived.”
- “…. tares in many cases are also false ministers and false church leaders, teaching counterfeit doctrines of demons.”
- “Tares in the church spread destructive attitudes and ideas that can influence true weak believers toward negativity, suspicion, cynicism, sarcasm, and doubt.”
- “We must be slow to judge, remembering that church members are at different stages of their walk with Christ.”
- “As wheat, our responsibility is to grow in scriptural knowledge, kindness, patience, and godly love, producing healthy and good fruit.”
In the end, though. We can either be the “wheat” or the “tares” of God’s house, but we can’t be both. Although we as Christians and the non-believers grow together, in time we will all be separated by who is God’s and who is Satan’s.
So, what are you in God’s house? Are you the Wheat? The one who is rooted in God’s Word and refuses to be uprooted by the tares in your life? Or, are you the tare? The one who is seeking to come and uproot the people and children of God so that they may doubt His Word? But, know this. When the day comes, God will sift the “Wheat” from the “Tares”.
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MissionVentureMinistries. “THE WHEAT AND THE TARES – Matthew 13:24-. 30”, 23 Mar 2017, https://missionventureministries.wordpress.com/2017/03/23/the-wheat-and-the-tares-matthew-1324-30/ . Accessed 13 Sep 2017.
Ross, Jan. “CONSIDERING WHEAT AND TARES” https://janross.org/considering-wheat-tares/ . Accessed 14 Sep 2017.
SpaniardVIII. “Red Flag: When Weed looks too much like Wheat” 1 Aug 2017, https://spiritualminefield.wordpress.com/2016/08/01/red-flag-when-weed-looks-too-much-like-wheat/ . Accessed 13 Sep 2017.
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