Formations lesson for Jan. 2: Growing What You Have Sown : Friday, Dec. 17, 2004
December 17 2004 by Jeffery Wisdom

Formations lesson for Jan. 2: Growing What You Have Sown : Friday, Dec. 17, 2004
Friday, Dec. 17, 2004

Formations lesson for Jan. 2: Growing What You Have Sown

By Jeffery Wisdom
Focal Passage: Matthew 13:24-30

For two years, I have watched Bermuda grass overtake my yard. At first, there was just a small area next to the mailbox. Then, the runners grew to every corner of the yard.

I watched, unaware of what my lack of attention would do. Every week it grew a little more, and I lost a little more of the fescue that had made for a beautiful front lawn.

Only when I decided to rescue my fescue, did I begin to realize how hard it was going to be. Some have half-heartedly called Bermuda grass "devil grass," and for good reason. It is the devil to get rid of.

Discussing my situation with several lawn care pros, I was told that I had three options.

One was to continue to ignore it, and let it grow, allowing it to totally over-run the yard.

Second was to use an herbicide to kill the grass and its roots. That meant killing my entire front yard.

Third was to try and out-grow the Bermuda with fescue next spring. To do that, I would need to cut the Bermuda as close to the ground as possible, thatching it with a thatching mower, and over-seeding the area with fescue.

Of the three options, I chose the third. I am trying to out-grow the Bermuda grass with fescue, but I will not know if I have been successful until next spring and the summer grasses begin to grow.

The devil in tares

The parable of the wheat and the tares is a similar tale to the one above. In it, "the devil" (v.39) is responsible for seeding "devil grass" in a field of wheat "the Son of Man"(v. 37) has planted. The tare, possibly an annual grass called darnel, looks similar to wheat, but cannot be distinguished until it fully ripens alongside the wheat (v. 27-28).

Only when "the servants" (v. 27) appear alarmed at the growth of the tares does the householder offer a strategy to deal with the bothersome plant. The strategy the gospel offers is more than how to deal with weeds in your yard, or tares in your wheat. It is a way of looking at the evil in the world and how best to deal with it.

Three options

Trying to come to terms with evil, as a part of our existence, is not easy.

For some it is easier to simply ignore the problem and to overlook the sin and injustice around them. This approach to evil only allows it to grow un-debated, unquestioned, and to spread like any devil grass to the four corners. It also neglects the Biblical responsibility to shine a little light and sprinkle a little salt in a world that needs both (Matt. 5:13-16).

Another approach is to try to eradicate it. Christian broadcasters, publishers and some preachers would have you believe that you are to pull evil up by its root and "defeat the devil." God's approach to evil in the world is more measured - more patient.

The third approach (vv. 29-30), just mentioned, is patience. Like salt and light, use your faith as seed and over-seed the world where you live. You might not see immediate results, but you have a better chance of out-growing the weeds around you there.

You will never be able to rid the world of evil. That is for another time and another place (vv. 39-42).

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