Here is another story Jesus told:
“The Kingdom of Heaven is like a farmer who planted good seed in his field. But that night as the workers slept, his enemy came and planted weeds among the wheat, then slipped away. When the crop began to grow and produce grain, the weeds also grew. “The farmer’s workers went to him and said, ‘Sir, the field where you planted that good seed is full of weeds! Where did they come from?’ “‘An enemy has done this!’ the farmer exclaimed. “‘Should we pull out the weeds?’ they asked. “‘No,’ he replied, ‘you’ll uproot the wheat if you do. Let both grow together until the harvest. Then I will tell the harvesters to sort out the weeds, tie them into bundles, and burn them, and to put the wheat in the barn.’”
Imagine that you are a farmer; you have bought the best sweet corn seed on the market; you have plowed and prepared the soil in your field and you have carefully planted each seed; you are expecting a good crop and someone who is jealous of you sneaks in the field at night and drops cow feed seeds right next to your corn seed. You don’t know what has been done but when the early rains come and the plants begin to grow you realize that something doesn’t smell right in Denmark. It wouldn’t be so bad if the cow feed seed was planted in another field but now you have a mixed crop.
Did you know that Satan would like nothing better then to plant an imposter in your midst to draw you away from the truth of God’s Word? It happened in ancient Israel when he filled their land with false prophets. It happened in the early church when the false teachers who were Judaizers told the church in Galatia that believers had to be circumcised to be saved.
The Apostle John wrote: “Little children, it is the last time: and as you have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time. They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us.”
When those who planted the good seed in the field realized that the crop was not all the same and they thought the farmer had been cheated and they wanted to know what to do. He said let them grow together lest you pull up the good with the bad. When the harvest comes you will clearly know the difference. The reapers can then first pull up the “tares” and burn them, then bring in the harvest.
So, when deceivers enter your midst, even though they appear to be the answer to all your prayers just love them but watch them closely and keep close guard on your field. The Lord will take care of the imposters. Amen.