Today’s exhortation 20/06/2019
Matthew 13:24-28 AMP
“The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed GOOD SEED in his field. But while his men were SLEEPING, his enemy came and sowed weeds [resembling wheat] among the wheat, and went away. So when the plants sprouted and formed grain, the weeds appeared also. The servants of the owner came to him and said, ‘Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? Then how does it have weeds in it?’ He replied to them, ‘An enemy has done this.’
The above scripture established that you are ‘GOOD SEED’. However, the question is this; “why am I not seeing the fruits in my life? Why does it seem like the things surrounding me are far from good? Why all the struggles and challenges?
Well, no doubt you are a ‘GOOD SEED’ but the answer to this question can be found in what the owner said when they asked… “Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field?…’”
“An enemy has done this”, he said and the reason the enemy was able to slip in was because of SLEEP. We are told in our feature text that… while men were SLEEPING, his enemy came and sowed weeds [resembling wheat] among the wheat…
Beloved, to be SLEEPING instead of attending to what the Lord has placed in your hands as stewards or custodians is a dangerous thing because while SLEEPING, the enemy is busy planting weed. Weeds resembling wheat,
“looks like it, talks like it, smells like it but it isn’t it”. That’s why many are in the situation they are in today. Situations where they were deceived by someone or something that looked like it, talked like it, smelt like it, packaged like it but wasn’t it and the dangerous thing is that you may not know immediately because they don’t show up in the early stage.
Our text says… when the plants sprouted and formed grain, the weeds appeared… trying to destroy everything your hand finds to do. Now, they are fighting for your space, your time, your attention and focus, your peace and joy and your question is; “Where did all these come from? However, they’ve been there all along waiting to manifest, you just didn’t recognise them because they looked like it, talked like it, smelt like it but wasn’t it.
Beloved, many are still sleeping instead of watching and praying. Jesus rebuked His disciples when He found them sleeping… “So, you men could not stay awake and keep watch with Me for one hour? Keep actively watching and praying that you may not come into temptation; the spirit is willing, but the body is weak.” (Matthew 26:40-41 AMP)
WHILE MEN WERE SLEEPING…
Beloved, these ‘men’ could be anyone; from those meant to nurture you while you were in SEED FORM to those you’ve placed high expectations on right now, however, like Jabez who recognised one day that he was indeed GOOD SEED, it’s time to take responsibility and wake up (1 Chronicles 4:9-10). You are GOOD SEED and if you want to see the fruits manifest in your life, it’s time to wake up.