“The kingdom of God is as if a man should scatter seed on the ground. … When the grain is ripe, at once he puts in the sickle, because the harvest has come.” (Mark 4:26-29)
When someone is sowing grain, he is hoping for an abundant harvest. He puts in a lot of effort to prepare the soil and to sow the seed, and then he waits till the grain is ripe. Jesus teaches us that world history has a similar course. The Gospel is sown, and God patiently waits, “not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.” (2 Peter 3:9) But one day the harvest will come. This world will not go on forever, but will reach its end point. Then God will send his angels to reap the harvest on the earth. He will gather the wheat into his barn — meaning that He will gather his children to be in his presence forever. But the weeds will be burned — meaning that unbelievers will face punishment and have to spend eternity away from God. That is a horrible future. Jesus does not tell us all this to scare us, but to warn us. Now is the time to repent!
In nature, it is impossible for weeds to turn into wheat. But sinful people can be “born again” and become children of God! The Lord is able to transform us and make us bear fruit in keeping with repentance (Matthew 3:8).
Are you born again?