Sunday, July 21st, 2019
The Enemy's Game: Tactics--Confusion
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.' '
Matthew 13:24-30 (NKJV)*
If you've been reading these devotions for awhile, you know my concerns with the American church. On a church by church basis, I will not cast stones. Many fine churches work hard to raise mature saints.
Still, too many others nurse pews filled with children-- not in age, but in terms of their stature in Christ: adults whose growth has been harmed by sweet-tart sermons.
Even worse, they swallow lies about righteousness, which creates a 'Holier than thou' (Isaiah 65:5, KJV) confidence, in comparison to those outside of their church-- especially the entertainment industry.
All of this adds up to serious confusion. Surely, houses of worship should not be confused.
'For God is not a God of confusion but of peace, as in all the churches of the saints' (1 Corinthians 14:33, NKJV).
Here's the thing: We weren't told to cut down outsiders, nor to pull them up by their detestable roots. God's angels will separate the wheat from the tares. Until that Day, we're called to grow up and spread out: to cast Good News through the fields of entertainment.
Because the world's confusion cannot be addressed by a church that's confused about its true mission.
## The Enemy's Game: Tactics--Confusion (Part 24)
* The Parable of the Tares & The Parable of the Tares Explained: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=mat+13%3A24-30%2C36-43&version=NKJV
* Visual imagery & explanation of the similarities & differences between wheat and tares: https://boldlyproclaimingchrist.wordpress.com/2010/06/14/wheat-and-tares-some-interesting-tidbits/
NOTE: This series is a republished edit of a 2015 devotion series called, 'The Enemy's Game.' You may see notes to 'Actors, Models & Talent for Christ.' If you're not a performer, don't be deterred. In truth, every disciple acts for Christ, models Christ and stewards His talents.
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the The Enemy's Game series.