IT’S HARVEST TIME IN NORTHWEST INDIANA. Late September through October, the farmers are out on their tractors harvesting crops sown earlier in the year. Like ants carrying meals to their colonies for the winter, semi’s move from field to field collecting corn, soybeans, and tomotoes to be sent to elevators or production facilities where the crops will be turned into consumables.
Harvest season is one of my most favorite times of year. I love the smell of the fields as corn is picked and the earth is worked. The sky becomes hazy with soybean dust causing me to sneeze every now and then. And seeing tomatoes that have rolled off the edge of a truck onto the road as it rounded a corner brings wonder to me. How do the tomotoes make it to central Indiana without becoming crushed?
Recently, I was reminded of a verse in Matthew about the final harvest. We have a soybean field across the road from our home. While walking one evening, I noticed an enormous amount of weeds sticking their ugly green heads above the golden brown soybeans. It seemed there was an over abundance of weeds in this field. Yet they were allowed to grow among the soybeans until harvest. During harvest, the weeds will be separated from the soybeans and destroyed.
Jesus taught a parable in Matthew 13:24-30 in which He described the Kingdom of Heaven as a field of wheat where enemies sowed weeds among the good seed. When the crop began to grow and produce grain, the weeds also grew. The farmer’s workers asked the farmer if they should pull the weeds out of the field of wheat. The farmer told them not to because when they pulled out the weeds the wheat would come with it.
“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.” (Matthew 13:30, NLT)
When the Apostles asked Jesus for the explanation of the parable, He explained it this way:
“Just as the weeds are sorted out and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of the world.The Son of Man will send his angels, and they will remove from his Kingdom everything that causes sin and all who do evil. And the angels will throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Then the righteous will shine like the sun in their Father’s Kingdom. Anyone with ears to hear should listen and understand!” (Matthew 13:40-43, NLT)
Since we don’t know when the final harvest will take place, we should be ready. A day will come when we leave this earth to meet our Father in Heaven. Will He gather us like weeds and cast us aside into the fiery pit? Or will we be one of God’s chosen and brought into His eternal home?
Prayer: Dear Lord, Thank You for the lessons You taught through parables. I know someday there will be a final harvest. Whether I am alive on earth to see that day come, or have already passed from this life, help me be prepared for the final separation. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.