Sowing & Reaping (Part 3)
S & R: A Hard Row To Hoe
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.'
Matthew 13:24-29 (NKJV)
Before you can reap you must sow. But after you sow you must hoe. Hoeing is the work of cultivation.
Consider the mission field of entertainment as the largest field in the world. No field before it has covered the earth so thoroughly.
In the Parable of the Tares (see Matthew 13:37-43), the Sower of the good seeds is Jesus. The sower of the tares is Satan. The reapers are the angels. The servants are His field workers (you). He instructs you to let the wheat and the tares grow together until the harvest.
The hard row to hoe is your path through the crowded field of media. The bad guys tease, taunt, and tempt you. The good guys work alongside you. But the Owner of the field is God, and we know the conclusion.
I believe the reason we leave the wheat and the tares to grow together is that they look very much alike. Tares are beautiful, but to eat them is sickening. Wheat grows up taller and stronger, but it's hard to see the difference until harvest time--especially to an untrained eye.
Consider the salacious stars in Hollywood. They may look like wheat, but they act like tares. Maybe they're God's wayward children who will come home to their Father. If we pull them out or cut them off by mistake, we can harm both them and the cause of Christ.
Therefore, we leave the sorting and judging to God and His angels. As for us, we sow this hard row. We push forward in faith, even dancing, singing, and acting--with love and purpose.
'The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest' (Matthew 9:37-38). We are His laborers. We are actors, models, and talent for Christ.
To Be Continued...