The Story of Separation

Wheat and Tares (

This is about making a life-changing decision. This is the story of the wheat and the tares.

Another parable [Jesus] put forth to them, saying: “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field; but while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat and went his way. But when the grain had sprouted and produced a crop, then the tares also appeared. 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?’ 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?’ But he said, ‘No, lest while you gather up the tares you also uproot the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest, and at the time of 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.” Matthew 13:24-30

Wheat is the good seed; tares are injurious weeds and they resemble wheat when young. Both grow together. When a farmer plants seed, it is but common that tares will also grow with the good plants. So every now and then, the farmer will need to check and make sure that the tares do not choke up the wheat so the latter can be fruitful.

The common interpretation about this parable is that there are two kinds of people, the wheat or they that follow the Lord, and the tares or those who do not have faith in Jesus.

Another way to look at it, notwithstanding the interpretation above, is through a more personal way. The field is the heart of a person. The man who planted good seed on it is our Father God in heaven. Take note that our God planted only good seed in our lives, which means that the purpose of God for a person is truly for righteousness, holy living, and justice. Man is designed originally to reflect the glorious character of God here on earth, to be a blessing to others, and to succeed in the strength and might of the Lord. However, someone is also out there to sow tares in the field of our hearts. That is Satan, the enemy of our souls. He doesn’t plan anything good for us, only our demise. He sows seeds of sin in our very being. According to John 10:10, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I [Jesus] have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” The enemy seeks to distract us from fulfilling the dreams that God has for us. We may not be aware that both the wheat and the tares can grow in our souls.

The wheat and tares battle in our minds and hearts. The Apostle Paul in Romans 7:15 states the obvious war raging inside of us: “I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do.” We strive to do what is right and just inspite of the wickedness coursing through our veins. How could things get better then?

There is the time of harvest. That moment you encounter the Lord Jesus in your life in a way deeper than any of your other earthly relationships, that feeling when you just have to surrender your life and cares to Him because you understand that He loves you so much, that minute that you don’t really care about what others say or what religion dictates or how the gang will react because you just love Jesus… that is the harvest time. When you know you went through that life-changing moment already, it’s good news! The Lord is already preparing to remove the tares from the wheat inside your heart.

As soon as you accept Jesus Christ in your life as your personal Lord and Savior, He already starts removing the tares, the sin. Yes, He has already forgiven you, but He wants to do more. He wants to train you in righteousness, and that righteousness will only increase when wickedness decreases, for the two should not grow together. James 3:10-11 says, “Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers, this should not be. Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring?” Allow the Holy Spirit to take away everything that needs to be taken away in your life. And ask Him to replace those tares with the wheat, the fruit of the Holy Spirit, which is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Galatians 5:22-23

Separate the wheat from the tares.

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