Day 86: March 27, 2013

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Today's Reflection

Key Verse(s)

“The kingdom of God is like this,” He said. “A man scatters seed on the ground; he sleeps and rises—night and day, and the seed sprouts and grows—he doesn’t know how.”

—Mark 4:26-27

Weeds in the Church
by Eric Newton,

For several years, I’d tried to rid my yard of weeds, but for some reason, this is a hard thing to do in middle Tennessee. So last year, I hired a lawn service company to keep my yard clear of weeds.

Here we are at the start of spring, and I have just as many weeds as I always do. They’re telling me I need a pre-emergent to get rid of them. And I’m telling them the weeds have already emerged. I can see them. I know they’re weeds. They may be in the grass, but it’s obvious what they are.

At the first of March, I had to cut my yard—not because the grass needed cutting, but because the weeds needed cutting.

From a biblical perspective, we’re in the last days. What does that mean? It means we’re in the time between the resurrection and the second coming—the time when Christ comes and establishes His new kingdom. It’s the time when He’s calling as many people as He can to believe in Him and have eternal life.

The seeds are being scattered. Jesus is now building His kingdom through the church. And just like it’s a mystery to understand how a seed germinates, sprouts, and grows, it’s a mystery to understand how Christ is building His kingdom. But He is.

Not everyone who’s a part of a church is a part of His church. So who is part of His church? Those who have placed their faith in Him alone for salvation. We’re saved by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone. It’s not based on works or anything good in us. It is totally based on our belief in what Jesus did for us.

At its heart, every false religion teaches that salvation must be earned, merited, or purchased at a price. The follower must do something to earn God’s favor. But God makes it clear that it’s not based on us. It’s based on Him.

Until Christ comes again, there will be weeds in the church. They may look like they’re part of the church, but when examined by the Master, He’ll quickly determine they were never really a part of His kingdom (see 1 Timothy 4:1-2 and Ephesians 2:4-5).

Reflection Questions

  1. As you grow, are you looking more like Jesus or more like the world?
  2. Are your works a reflection of your love for Christ and what He’s done for you? Or are they an attempt to earn His love?
  3. Have you been disappointed in the church today because you expected everyone to be perfect?
  4. What can you do this Easter to thank Jesus for calling you into His kingdom?

About the Author

Eric Newton