Want to Read a Corny Story?

cornJesus told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like someone who planted good seed in his field.  While people were sleeping, an enemy came and planted weeds among the wheat and went away. When the stalks sprouted and bore grain, then the weeds also appeared. “The servants of the landowner came and said to him, ‘Master, didn’t you plant good seed in your field? Then how is it that it has weeds?’ “‘An enemy has done this,’ he answered. “The servants said to him, ‘Do you want us to go and gather them?’ “But the landowner said, ‘No, because if you gather the weeds, you’ll pull up the wheat along with them. Let both grow side by side until the harvest. And at harvest time I’ll say to the harvesters, “First gather the weeds and tie them together in bundles to be burned. But bring the wheat into my barn.”‘ (Mat 13:24-30 CEB)

A field, a farmer, and some seed. They plant the wheat, and weeds grow alongside.  The farmer tells the servants to leave the weeds until harvest time. The difference between the wheat and the weed is fruitfulness.  The wheat produces food, while the weed produces nothing.  But what about planting corn? I decided one year to plant some sweet corn.  I went to the local store, purchased the sweet corn, or so I thought, planted, watered and waited.  Eventually, the corn was ready for harvest. I picked the corn, cooked it and through it away—why? I had purchased cow corn and not sweet corn. Cow corn is grown, harvested and used to make silage for cattle.  It’s hard and tasteless.

Christians, at times, can become so concerned with the weeds, that they ignore their own spiritual condition.  Instead of being sweet, tender and enjoyable, they become hard, tasteless, and not what you would expect.

Don’t worry about the weeds, be more concerned with your own life, and fruitfulness.

Published by Terry Threadwell

Dr. Terry Threadwell has thirty five years ministry experience. Author, educator and Director of the Institute of Progressive Pentecostal Studies.

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