Youth News - November 2011
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YOUTH NEWS
November 2011
by Matt Kay

How are we supposed to live in this present age as Christians? What do we do with the fact that there are wrong things in the world and that God waits (and has been waiting) to fully set things right? Have you ever found yourself asking with the Psalmists, "How long?"  Our youth group Bible study recently discussed a parable of Jesus in Matthew 13.24-30. In this parable, Jesus likens the Kingdom of Heaven to a man to sowed good seed in his field. An enemy then comes and sows weeds among his wheat. The servants want to pull up the wheat, but he instructs them to leave it alone, lest they damage the wheat along with the weeds. He says that he’ll wait until the harvest to separate the two; then he will tell the harvesters to burn the weeds and gather the wheat.

Jesus gives the explanation of His parable just a few verses later.
"The one who sowed the good seed is the Son of Man. The field is the world, and the good seed stands for the people of the kingdom. The weeds are the people of the evil one, and the enemy who sows them is the devil. The harvest is the end of the age, and the harvesters are angels. As the weeds are pulled up and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of the age. The Son of Man will send out his angels, and they will weed out of his kingdom everything that causes sin and all who do evil. They will throw them into the blazing furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father" (Matthew 13.36-43a).

Jesus is saying that evil people must coexist with God’s people until God’s time. Why? I want to suggest two biblical reasons worth considering, and I encourage you to meditate on the passages of scripture to which they pertain:

  1. God wants evil people to repent and be changed by God’s grace (see 2 Peter 3.9)!
  2. God uses all things (even bad things) to make His people more like Jesus (see Romans 8.28-29).

In our present world, we live side-by-side with many kinds of people, and we may have no clue what those people in our lives might someday become. C.S. Lewis once noted that “it is a serious thing… to remember that the dullest and most uninteresting person you talk to may one day be a creature which, if you saw it now, you would be strongly tempted to worship, or else a horror and a corruption such as you now meet, if at all, only in a nightmare.” Jesus talks about a coming day when people will either be thrown into fire or shining like the sun – a sobering thought!

What good thing might you do today to help someone toward an eternal destination of life in God’s grace?

Can you find good things coming out of bad situations with people that you’ve had to coexist with? What good can God bring out of it?

Grace & Peace, - Matt Kay

 
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