Another Parable He put forth to them, saying: 'The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field; but while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat and went his way. 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.' '
Let the one who does wrong, still do wrong; and the one who is filthy, still be filthy; and let the one who is righteous, still practice righteousness; and the one who is holy, still keep himself holy.
What should devoted Christian disciples do about all the sinners in the world? In Matthew, we're told not to uproot them, less we uproot some nearby believers who've grown up close to them... and might be harmed.
In John, we're told to simply let them be. Recall: Jesus didn't pursue converts. He knew His Father must call on them first.
'No one can come to me unless the Father Who sent me draws them' (John 6:44).
Actors, models and talent for Christ: Your growing up in Christ is crucial, so consider some maturing points:
1) Wanting others to be saved is good. Certainly, our Lord feels the same way.* However, we must wait on His lead in drawing truth-seekers toward us.
2) Calling out evil 'pagans' is bad. Instead, we must talk and walk in love. How else can lost sheep hear their Savior? Or prodigals recall His kindness?
3) Only the Lord can see to the heart. Only He can divide pretenders from offenders who will turn around. Without His lead, we are sightless saints.
## Do-Gooders: Let Them Be (Part 64)
* 'Who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth' (1 Timothy 2:4), 'Not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance' (1 Peter 3:9).
NOTE: This series is a republished edit of a 2016 series called, 'Do-Gooders.' In these devotions, you may see notes to 'Actors, Models & Talent for Christ.' I have not changed this designation. Because in a greater sense, every disciple of Christ acts for Christ, models Christ and stewards His talents, from which God expects a profit.
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Do-Gooders series.