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Mar 30
2011
Jon McHatton

Don't be a blooming idiot...bloom where you are planted Part 2

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The opportunity is that the Wheat and the Weeds are growing together and the "workers in the field" were very concerned in Matthew 13.   However, if they isolate one they could end up damaging or even destroying both.

The kingdom solution was, “let them grow together…” 

So, how does that apply to division in the church and separation from the community?  In order to explain, let me bring in another favorite lifestyle verse found in Matthew 7:1.  "Don't judge, lest ye be judged."  KJV  I particularly like "the Message" perspective,

"Don't pick on people, jump on their failures, criticize their faults— unless, of course, you want the same treatment. That critical spirit has a way of boomeranging."

I believe this is a principle that works in the church, on the church and through the church, and is the key to the division in the church and the separation from the community. If we judge others in or out of the church, we open the door to receiving judgements in and out of the church.

When we focus on the Weeds being different than the Wheat, we will always be thinking about distancing ourselves as we focus on our differences and the unique way that we are better or at least good.  Of course, that makes the other evil.

The wisdom of this is that no one really knows "who's who" until the final harvest.  I know I don't and I have enough to do giving glory and honor to my Savior as I love my neighbor as I love myself.  The Christian's identity is in Jesus, nothing else.  If you are in Christ you are Wheat.

In the church, drawing our identity from Methods bring division while picturing the Master brings unity. "Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher..."  Hebrews 5:9  KJV 

Outside the church, drawing our identity from anything other than Jesus, paints the wrong picture for people who desperately need Him!

The question is, can we trust Him to finish what He started?  Can we rest in His finished work and allow him to sort out the Wheat from the Weeds?  Will we only be concerned with growing strong and mature as Wheat and not empower others to doubt His work in our lives, by us criticizing and jumping on failures? 

Will we call on His name rather than calling each other disparaging names?  Pentecostal, Charismatic, Baptist, Methodist, Democrat, Republican...I believe that it is possible for people within those groups to be Christian :-)

The Truth is that the only difference is that some have accepted the free gift of salvation by His grace and others have not.  There are people who are "Wheat" and people who are "Weeds."

My definition of a "blooming idiot" is someone who is more concerned with the greatness of their "Bloom" than The Blood. 

Until next time, bloom where you are planted!


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