Grace for Your Day August 2

In the fields of the central United States is a plant that the farmers call “cheat” because it looks just like a wheat plant but it is not. It is an imposter because it grows as high as the real plant. It has the same color and texture but it is a dangerous fraud because horses get indigestion from eating it. Barn owls have been known to get dizzy and pass out from its effects. Some cultures refer to it as ryegrass. Others call it bearded darnel but the Bible refers to it as a “tare” in Mathew 13:24-30. Here Jesus says:
"The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a man who sowed good seed in his field. But while his men were sleeping, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went away."
But when the wheat sprouted and bore grain, then the tares became evident also. The slaves of the landowner came and said to him, “Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have tares?” And he said to them, “An enemy has done this!” And the slave said to him, “Do you want us, then, to go and gather them up?” 
But he said, “No; for while you are gathering up the tares, you may uproot the wheat with them. Allow both to grow together until the harvest; and in the time of the harvest I will say to the reapers, ‘First gather up the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them up; but gather the wheat into my barn.’” 

Jesus says that the kingdom of Heaven is like a field that has two types of plants in it: the wheat and the tares. It has two types of crop in the ground: the wheat and the cheat because, during the church age, the Devil will plant lost people in the church. He will insert bad seed while Jesus inserts good seed and they will both grow up together until the reapers come to separate them. However, in this life, there will be no separation which is why the church is such a mess. This is why it has so many problems.

A popular Christian website recently published a list of "25 Things That Churches Fight Over" and it was funny because it included things like the length of the pastor’s beard and the fact that he does not wear shoes on Sunday morning. They also fought over how to best serve the Lord’s Supper and whether to put a clock in the sanctuary or not. One church almost split over who has the authority to buy stamps for the office but the list is endless because there are tares among the wheat. The church has false professors in it today who cause all kinds of trouble which is what we are going to talk about this Sunday morning at Grace Fellowship Church.

This week we are going to talk about “Why the Church is Such a Mess” at our 8:30 and 10:15 services. It will also be available Sunday morning on our You Tube Channel and website for all who cannot be with us in person. It is unfortunate that we would even have to look at a subject like this one but we would all agree that it is necessary because the church has become such a tumultuous place. However, the good news is that the Lord has a solution for that. He knows how to turn the mess around so please join us as we study that. Come learn how to make peace in the church. – Jeremy Cagle