Does it seem the world has turned upside down? Absolutely! It’s crazy out there. Strife and betrayal lie at every turn, but be of good cheer! It’s another sign that we’re living in the last days before Jesus’ return, and He’s with us, making us ready.
Jesus said this would happen. It’s the last-day separation of wheat from tares he explains in Matthew 13. Tares are counterfeit wheat. As they break through the soil and grow into stalks, they exactly mimic the wheat’s appearance. The only time a farmer can distinguish God’s valuable harvest from the worthless weeds is during the end of the growth cycle, just as the heads of grain begin to develop. Then the counterfeits are revealed. The wheat is gathered and cherished, while the tares are carried away for the burn pile.
That’s the time we’re now beginning to see. Jesus said, “By their fruits you’ll know them.” God’s blessing on His people is becoming more and more evident, as we show fruits that line up with His character.
But the tares are showing their true nature, too. Open sin and blasphemy is a natural byproduct of the kingdom of darkness. From some, we’re right to maintain our distance, dodging the fire already on their lives. But before you give up on that unbeliever you’ve been praying for, remember God’s patience and fairness with you! Before we got saved, we were all like worthless tares. Even if we looked good on the outside, on the inside we were dead to God.
The second we were born again, though, we experienced a metamorphosis according to 2 Corinthians 5:17. We took on the nature of Jesus, and now we can be valuable to God. Our fruit is listed in Galatians 5: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, gentleness, goodness, faithfulness and self-control.
In this time of separation, the blessing and fruitfulness on our lives is a sign to the world of His goodness, beaconing that it’s not yet too late. If he changed us, he can change anyone.
So don’t be discouraged or distracted from your prize. Remember we have a short time until Jesus’ return, and God’s power is working through us to save “whosoever will.” Let’s fill His barn with a bountiful harvest.