the good way

The Parable of the Wheat and the Weeds

Session 8 • Maturity • Devotional

Spend some time in prayerful reflection using the parable below. In Matthew 13 Jesus tells the crowd many parables about what the Kingdom of Heaven is like. In verses 24-30, Jesus tells the parable of the Weeds. You may want to engage with this text imaginatively or use lectio divina. Invite God to speak to you about the ‘field’ that is your life. What good things (wheat) are growing? What weeds are mixed in with the wheat? You may want to reflect on the prompts below as you begin to reflect on this passage.

  • What are the good things in my life that God wants to draw my attention to and celebrate?
  • What wheat is growing?
  • What is God’s invitation to me related to this positive growth?
  • What are the weeds for me?
  • What negative behaviors or habits or sin patterns are at work in the soil of my life?
  • What’s is God’s invitation to me related to the weeds?

Matthew 13:24-30

24 Jesus told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field. 25 But while everyone was sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away. 26 When the wheat sprouted and formed heads, then the weeds also appeared.

27 “The owner’s servants came to him and said, ‘Sir, didn’t you sow good seed in your field? Where then did the weeds come from?’

28 “‘An enemy did this,’ he replied.

“The servants asked him, ‘Do you want us to go and pull them up?’

29 “‘No,’ he answered, ‘because while you are pulling the weeds, you may uproot the wheat with them. 30 Let both grow together until the harvest. At that time I will tell the harvesters: First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles to be burned; then gather the wheat and bring it into my barn.’”

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