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Open Letter To Christians

Updated on April 5, 2015

The Wheat, The Tares, The Burning (Matt. 13:36-43)

We are what we are today.

We become what we will be tomorrow.

We are our own field of wheat and tares;

ripening for the harvest.

We can be a Saul of Tarsus;

at one time a zealous persecutor.

We can become a Saint Paul

ready for the harvest.

God gave us the gift of life and image.

But He also gave us our agency.

Christ's angels will harvest us

as wheat, or as tares;

but remember: the choice is ours,

the bright light of the sun,

the burning light of the flames.

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It's as clear as night and day, black and white....

At the harvest of the biblical field of Christ's parable in Matthew 13:36-43, the tares sown by the enemy would have poisonous, ripe seeds of black color, in contrast to the wheat's seeds that would yield an almost white flour.

The two would not be harvested together, as the resulting flour would have been disgusting or worse.

While they had to be harvested separately, pulling out the tares prematurely would have disrupted the roots of the favored wheat, the chosen crop of the master of the field.

In their development and growth the tares (the poisonous darnel grass weeds) are similar to wheat in appearance. At harvest time, however, the black seeds of the tares clearly distinguish the tares from the wheat.

That we are all potentially doers of good and of evil, is illustrated so well in the life of Saul of Tarsus who, following the crucifixion of Jesus, went about zealously persecuting the followers of Jesus, trying to root them out from among the Jews of his day.

With the conversion of Saul the persecutor, we see his rise as the Paul so famous for his own ongoing life of evangelism and devotion to Jesus Christ, a devotion which ultimately led to his sacrifice and martyrdom in Rome.

God loves all his children, so much so that He sacrificed His only begotten Son to fulfill the Atonement that can make it possible for His righteous children to return to dwell with Him throughout eternity on condition of their repentance and their obedience to His commandments.

As with the man Saul of Tarsus we now know as Saint Paul, so also with us. We can and must choose to be the wheat ready at any moment for the time of harvest, or make the choices which will see us harvested and burned as the tares when the Son of man sends his angels into the fields ripe for harvest.

Who will we have become when that day of harvest comes?


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      Demas W Jasper 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      We wonder at times (and ISIS doesn't have a clue) why the bad and evil ones are left among us. That is another lesson of the wheat and the tares.

      Even they have a mortality which allows for change, repentance, and obedience for their own salvation through Christ.

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      Demas W Jasper 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      prairieprincess - The Natural Man, prone to mistakes and selfish choices. Self-control is a difficult mastery, and thus one of the goals of mortal living. We find it in courage, anger, depression, perseverance, and so many other aspects of maturing self-control and discernment; and the list goes on.

      Have a great day, and a great weekend ahead.

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      Sharilee Swaity 2 years ago from Canada

      Perspyacious, I completely agree. We are always in need of God's grace, and it is our human frailty that makes this so.

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      Perspycacious 2 years ago

      Every person is free to choose. We make hundreds of choices every day. We can be active or docile, faithful or foolish, charitable or selfish, etc. I am of the belief that we will be judged on the intent of our choices an actions, but needful of God's grace even when we choose the right choice.

      Thanks for commenting and scoring.

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      Sharilee Swaity 2 years ago from Canada

      Thank you for this... I like how you make the point that we are all capable of both and good and evil. So true, and for this reason, we all need to be humble, and pray to God for grace.

      Beautifully expressed. I enjoyed this. Blessings to you.

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      Demas W Jasper 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      aviannovice - We will become what our heart desires. We can be as Simon, in whose house the sinful woman bathed Christ's feet with her tears and anointed them with precious oil, or as that woman, repentant and seeking forgiveness.

      Simon was content in his practice of the law as he understood it, but Christ sensing his question of why Christ would suffer the sinful woman, asked who would be most grateful for forgiveness: one forgiven much, or one forgiven less. Simon knew the correct answer, and hopefully learned the lesson he was taught.

      Even those who do all they can do, fall short of the glory of God. God's grace is sufficient. We nevertheless must keep His commandments, repent, and treasure the Atonement which under the conditions of repentance and obedience, can make the Atonement effectual for even the least of us.

      Happy Easter, He is risen!

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      An excellent point made. Indeed, who WILL we become?

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      Demas W Jasper 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Shyron E Shenko - I am told that Martin Luther questioned the validity of this quote from James 2:20 which states that "Faith without works is dead."

      James 2:18 set the scene for 2:20, reading "Shew my thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works."

      Can it be simply that our faith and works are the fertilizer for our becoming a good harvest of wheat at the harvesting?

      I can choose to be a concert pianist, but without practice and dedication my choice would only be a pipe-dream.

      More power to you for your dedication and practice.

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Perspicacious, yes the choice is ours alone to make. I also choose to be the wheat and I believe that anyone who chooses to be wheat is leading by example.

      Voted up and shared.

      Have a Blessed day

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      Demas W Jasper 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Jodah - Lead others to make the choice you have expressed, starting with your own family, that your joy may be great throughout eternity God is the only righteous judge; give Him the joy of loving you at your best.

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Very interesting and well written hub Perspicacious. I choose to be the wheat. Voted up.

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      Demas W Jasper 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Ericdierker - Yes, thankfully we are free to choose to repent and to do so. We are also free to choose not to share our faith in Jesus Christ, to serve ourselves and not serve our fellow man and God. We are free to choose any choice in a world of choices made as attractive as only the Father of Lies can make them appear to each individual.

      The rules of the Game of Life are written and clear in scriptures preserved for us over two thousand years. The "game" has to be lived according to those rules, particularly so when we already know what the rules are and have been admonished to live accordingly.

      "Many are called, but few [will be] chosen."

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      Demas W Jasper 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      annart - On the Road To Heaven there is no free ride. No one gets there on another's shoulders, not even Christ's; though without him none of us would make it as a Natural Man or a Natural Woman. Innocent children would make it; "...for of such is the Kingdom of Heaven."

      Not all choices are as clear as the clarity you have suggested. Pray, ponder, work it out in the mind, and, if the choice is right, we can know though we remain free to choose, repent of wrong choices by righting them the best we can while learning to make (and make) the right ones.

      Choose what we will, but we remain accountable for our choices.

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you for sharing this perspective with us. Sometimes I make wrong choices but I sure am glad I have them.

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      Ann Carr 2 years ago from SW England

      Who indeed? Surely that also encompasses forgiveness if we repent?

      I enjoyed the blend of prose and poetry.

      We certainly do have a choice; good or evil, kindness or cruelty.... the choice is clear.