When I was growing up, one of my favorites part of church was when letters from missionaries were read. This would often occur on Wednesday nights. The pastor would stand in the pulpit and say, “We’ve received a letter from missionary x in country y and here’s what God is doing”. As a congregation, we would then be joined in with that work. Little did I know that there would come a day that I would be writing those letters.
Yesterday, as we were preparing our donation receipts for the mail, I stopped to write a quick letter to drop into one of the envelopes. Just a note to say we’re praying for them, and to give a quick update on what God is allowing us to do.
Never in my wildest dreams did I think that I would ever be authoring one of those letters.God is sorta awesome like that. Planting within us a love for something only to later cultivate that seed for Kingdom use. Jesus told His Disciples a story along those lines:
He told another story. “God’s kingdom is like a farmer who planted good seed in his field. That night, while his hired men were asleep, his enemy sowed thistles all through the wheat and slipped away before dawn. When the first green shoots appeared and the grain began to form, the thistles showed up, too.
“The farmhands came to the farmer and said, ‘Master, that was clean seed you planted, wasn’t it? Where did these thistles come from?’
“He answered, ‘Some enemy did this.’
“The farmhands asked, ‘Should we weed out the thistles?’
“He said, ‘No, if you weed the thistles, you’ll pull up the wheat, too. Let them grow together until harvest time. Then I’ll instruct the harvesters to pull up the thistles and tie them in bundles for the fire, then gather the wheat and put it in the barn.'” — Matthew 13:24-30 (MSG)
What has God planted in your heart, that the enemy has tried to steal? God places things within us which He desires for us to use to further the Kimgdom. Some of these things, we may not even be directly aware of (like my love of hearing those missionary letters). Yet, He plants the seed.
The enemy attempts to keep the seed from coming to fruition by planting seeds of weeds around it. Making it hard for the seed of God to get the water, sunlight, and other nutrients that it needs. These weeds are largely in the form of our own wants and desires. The “it’s all about me” mentality that permeates our society.
Yet, the Master tells His servants, let it all grow together. When the time is right, and repentance is exhibited, then we’ll harvest both weed and good seed. We’ll burn the weed, and use the seed.
What seeds has God planted within you, that the enemy has shrouded by your own wants and desires?