We all have a past, and since it’s the past not everyone knows about it. Some like to call it having skeletons in the closet but for the sake of this blog entry lets just call those skeletons “tare.” Take a look at this:
“But when the grain had sprouted and produced a crop, then the tares also appeared. So the servants of the owner came and said to him, ‘Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have tares?’ He said to them, ‘An enemy has done this.’ The servants said to him, ‘Do you want us then to go and gather them up?’ But he said, ‘No, lest while you gather up the tares you also uproot the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest, and at the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, “First gather together the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them, but gather the wheat into my barn.” ’ ” (Matthew 13:26-30 NKJV)
I know that this isn’t the normal scenario that this passage usually gets but bear with me.
Think of yourselves as the field. Jesus comes and plants wheat in you, but during your life the enemy comes and plants the tare. While you’re growing it can be hard to tell the difference between the wheat and the tare. We all reach a place of harvest and maturity, but when we get to this place we start to see things of the past coming up (you can now begin to see what needs to be disposed of.) These things need to be destroyed in order for the wheat to show. The characteristics of Christ, the fruits that were produced, and the testimony could be an example of the wheat. However, the pain, bitterness, fear or whatever else that is negative needs to be separated from the wheat in order for God to get the glory. Those things need to be destroyed in order for you to be the harvest that God needs you to be.
Those skeletons and secret things that you’ve been through could very well be the tare that chokes the life out of the wheat that God has intended to get out of you. We have to let God take us to the threshing floor to purify and heal us so that we can be everything we are supposed to be.
Am I saying go confess your skeletons to some random person…no. That can be a hard thing to do, but trust God enough to talk it out with him. He already knows anyway. 🙂
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