Jesus gave a serious parable about tares and wheat in Matthew 13:24-30 that begs the question to each of us: are we tares or wheat? Jesus compared the Kingdom of Heaven with a man that had a field of wheat and at night his enemy came and planted tares. As the wheat grew, so did the tares. Basically tares are weeds that look like wheat and its only when they are harvested with the wheat can you tell the difference.
Who is the wheat and who is the tares?
Later, Jesus answered this question for us, and gave us a straight forward interpretation about the wheat and the tares in verses 36-43 of Matthew chapter 13:
(36)’Then He left the crowds and went into the house. And His disciples came to Him and said, “Explain to us the parable of the tares of the field.”
(37)’And He said, “The one who sows the good seed is the Son of Man,”
(38)”and the field is the world; and as for the good seed, these are the sons of the kingdom; and the tares are the sons of the evil one;”
(39)”and the enemy who sowed them is the devil, and the harvest is the end of the age; and the reapers are angels”
(40)”So just as the tares are gathered up and burned with the fire, so shall it be at the end of the age.”
(41)”The Son of Man will send forth His angels, and they will gather out of His kingdom all stumbling blocks, and those who commit lawlessness,”
(42)”and throw them into the furnace of fire; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”
(43)”Then THE RIGHTEOUS WILL SHINE FORTH AS THE SUN in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears, let him hear.” (NASB)
Basically, this was no mere parable, this was a prophecy having to do with the end of time as we know it. This is a warning to all of those who call on the name of the Lord without sincere faith in the finish work of the cross. This parable forces us to ask the question: are we tares or wheat?
Modern day translation
Are we real Christians who have placed our faith in Christ and His finish work of salvation and seek to be guided by the Holy Spirit or are we the type of “Christians” who talk the talk but don’t have any sincere desire to walk the walk but, instead, are guided by the flesh and the world?
If we find ourselves like the latter, we are not real Christians we are tares. But if we have a faith in God that, like Abraham, trusts God even above our own judgment, to do what He says He will do, then we are wheat. Wheat are safe but tares are in big trouble.
Tares, in fact, usually are members of a church. They may even hold a position of authority up to and including being the Pastor of the church. The Bible says, “Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.”(2 Timothy 3:5 KJV).
The church is filled with tares. Yet, it also has many who are wheat. The wheat are sincere and love God and seek to do His will. They may miss it at times, but the deep motives of their heart is to please God. Furthermore, they know that they must put on Christ daily by His Spirit in order to live godly. They, also, know that they cannot keep themselves saved this is the work of the Holy Spirit.
What Can I do if I believe that I am a tare?
- First, is to acknowledge that you are a tare (are a lost person), who needs to be saved.
- Second, you must pray in faith (believing that God hears you) to forgive your sins and wash you in the blood of Jesus.
- And understand that it is only what Jesus did on the cross that can save you and not your own works of righteousness.
- Next, ask Jesus to come into your life afresh and fill you with His Spirit and be determined to ask the Holy Spirit to guide your life each day. A-men