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All Belongs to God...He Has Placed Us Here!
Matthew 13:24 New International Version (NIV)
The Parable of the Weeds
24 Jesus told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field.
36 Then he left the crowd and went into the house. His disciples came to him and said, “Explain to us the parable of the weeds in the field.”
37 He answered, “The one who sowed the good seed is the Son of Man. 38 The field is the world, and the good seed stands for the people of the kingdom. The weeds are the people of the evil one, Monday - June 29 - Read Matthew 13:24, 36-38
Notice two things: the farmer (Jesus) sows good seed in his field and his
“field” is the entire world. In the rest of the parable we will see how Jesus
reacts to an “enemy” who comes in a sows “bad seed” but for now it is
important to remember that this world and everything in it belongs to God.
While we might acknowledge this at times we rarely let it sink in. My life is
not my own. My income is not my own. The work I do is not “mine.” Not
even my kids are “mine.” This is not some Marxist ideology that rejects the
rights of individuals and gives everything to the collective or the state. This is
a confession of faith that nothing “belongs” to anyone or any group. It all
belongs to God and God has placed us here, in his field, to grow and flourish
as loving, joyful and peaceful members of his kingdom.