Wheat and weeds

Matthew 13:24–30

The parable of the weeds

24 Jesus told them another parable: ‘The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field. 25 But while everyone was sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away. 26 When the wheat sprouted and formed ears, then the weeds also appeared.

27 ‘The owner’s servants came to him and said, “Sir, didn’t you sow good seed in your field? Where then did the weeds come from?”

28 ‘“An enemy did this,” he replied.

‘The servants asked him, “Do you want us to go and pull them up?”

29 ‘“No,” he answered, “because while you are pulling up the weeds, you may uproot the wheat with them. 30 Let both grow together until the harvest. At that time I will tell the harvesters: first collect the weeds and tie them in bundles to be burned; then gather the wheat and bring it into my barn.”’


In this short story, Jesus tells why God allows evil to continue in the world. According to Jesus, if God uprooted all the evil people (the weeds) now, others (the wheat) might be uprooted along with them.

For now, God’s allowing evil doesn’t mean he condones it. Rather, God is waiting for people to turn to him and accept his leadership in their lives. After all, if tonight at midnight God wiped out all the people who hadn’t yet trusted in him, where would you be in the morning?

Verse 30 gives us an image of the final separation that God will initiate at the end of time. On that day, God wants to gather you, as one of his people, into his heaven. Won’t you accept that gracious offer?

Taken from NIV The Journey Bible

Are you wheat or weed?

Shirley Anne


The pure love of Jesus

The pure love of Jesus

First page of the Gospel of Mark, by Sargis Pi...
First page of the Gospel of Mark, by Sargis Pitsak, a Medieval Armenian scribe and miniaturist

I wondered at the mystery
The truth that now has set me free,
The agony He bore for me,
The pure, pure love of Jesus.

I cried until my eyes were dry
For I had lived so long a lie,
Until that day I came on by,
The pure, pure love of Jesus.

But now my days are filled with joy
No wickedness do I employ,
For all that now has been destroyed,
Through the pure love of Jesus.

One day my life will be complete
And I’ll be there my Lord to meet,
I’ll bow the knee before His feet,
And worship my Lord Jesus.

Copyright Shirley Anne 17 Feb 2009

I wrote this poem in a matter of minutes which on reflection is the way most of my poems and songs are written. I feel the Lord is giving me the words to write as I don’t much think about what it is I am going to write, it’s just there in my mind. This poem is special in that it reminds me of how I was before I knew God and then suddenly coming to know Him. It truly amazed me because at first it was all a mystery until I realised the truth of the Gospel and how accepting the message released me from the symbolic chains I was wearing. I was indeed living a lie. It shows me the incomparable love of God through His Son and what joy that brings to my heart, even through all my earthly problems. The way I was has gone and I became a new person filled with an inexpressible joy knowing forgiveness. I am a new creation, no more in condemnation, I stand in the strength of my God. One day I shall indeed leave this place and I will see my God in all His glory, I will see my Jesus, my Saviour and I will be worshipping Him even more.

Shirley Anne