I had just laid down for a nap, when I was startled awake by my college roommate. “Hurry Andy, we are running late for the rehearsal.” Let me say this, when I first wake up: I am angry at the world, my hair looks like hens have been using it for a nest, and when you smell my breath you can’t decide if you should give me a tic tac or toilet paper. Needless to say, I put on my wardrobe as my wife calls it: Carhatts, t-shirt, and a trucker hat. To mask my awful breath, I drink some gasoline.
When we get to the wedding rehearsal everyone is giving us the stink eye especially one of the bridesmaids. I have no idea why she is so angry. Maybe she is upset because of her unrequited love for the groom. Maybe she is mad because her friend is getting married first. For all I know she was embarrassed when she had to return items at Wal-Mart because her debit card was declined. My point, she was angry.
Then she takes a turn negative town, “Where is the minister? How typical the groom and this guy finally show up, but no minister.”
I try to lighten the mood, “How about I step in act as the minister? I’ve seen it done a couple times. I should be able to wing it.”
“Really?!?. I am pretty sure that is against the law.”
Well…I actually checked…and it is against the law. In the State of Alabama. Roll Tide. Thankfully, we were in Montana. But, in Nicholas County, West Virginia it is against the law for the minister to tell jokes or humorous stories from the pulpit. Heaven for bid, the minister try to wake us up with a humorous story. In Denver, it is illegal to stutter during a Sunday Service. So get all of your stuttering out of the way Saturday night or don’t come to work. Also in Washington, DC it is illegal for Santa to sell alcohol. However, he is not prohibited from engaging in Pyramid schemes or selling Mary Kay products.
I digress… as I look at Surely Bridesmaid Numero Uno… Let’s just call her Surley B. 1 for short… I say… its ok… we’re friends with the minister. I can handle this.
After the rehearsal, Surely B 1 says, “You did a pretty good job …I guess. He can’t be any worse than you.”
The next day, Surely B 1 is in full panic mode because the minister is not there. Her first comment to me, “Well at least you remembered to show up.”
“Well thank you very much, I called my mom…and asked for some tips this morning. By the way if your single…there is no one I would like to set you up with.”
Let’s fast forward 10 seconds… When she sees me walking down the isle with the groom. I begin with an opening prayer… I can’t be certain, but I believe she was trying to turn me stone with her eyes. Or maybe it was the snakes in hair I was scared of.
I am not sure when she realized I was the minister. But after the service, she said I owe you an apology… I tried to cast a spell on you doing the service… but lucky for you I was out of eye of newt.
I want you to think about a time when you were misjudged? Why?
When have you misjudged someone?
24 Jesus then told them this story:
The kingdom of heaven is like what happened when a farmer scattered good seed in a field. 25 But while everyone was sleeping, an enemy came and scattered weed seeds in the field and then left.
26 When the plants came up and began to ripen, the farmer’s servants could see the weeds. 27 The servants came and asked, “Sir, didn’t you scatter good seed in your field? Where did these weeds come from?”
28 “An enemy did this,” he replied.
His servants then asked, “Do you want us to go out and pull up the weeds?”
29 “No!” he answered. “You might also pull up the wheat. 30 Leave the weeds alone until harvest time. Then I’ll tell my workers to gather the weeds and tie them up and burn them. But I’ll have them store the wheat in my barn.”
What do we know about wheat?
- It is over 10,000 years old.
- Scientist belief the cultivation of grain is one of the reasons that allowed mankind to live in community. Rather than wandering the plains in search of food.
- Approximately, 5000 years ago the Egyptians created the first loaves of bread and built bread ovens.
- The first bread makers were considered freeman in the Roman government. All other craftsman were considered slaves because of their dependence of the Bread Maker.
What does this parable teach us about ourselves?It means that we shouldn't be quick to judge whether someone is a weed or wheat. We should tell people of God's patience and encourage them to choose to be wheat instead of weeds because a time for judgment is coming and then it'll be too late.
There are many times in my life I’ve acted like a weed planted in God’s field, trying to get what I want instead of surrendering my life completely to him. There are other times when I have pointed at the wheat and called them weeds. As wheat, it is not our job to deal with the weeds.
My Point: Our job is to grow to glory of God and feed those around us.