"But while everyone was sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away." Matt. 13:25     

Zizamium is a weed that closely resembles wheat, and cannot easily be distringuished from the wheat until the heads form. The grains of this weed are black and harbor a fungus that is poisonous.     

The weeds are the sons of the evil one, and the enemy who sows them is the devil. This enemy of God is clear from Jesus' words. Because the devil hates God, he takes pleasure in hindering and destroying God's work whenever he can. He carries on his work while everyone sleeps. His deeds of darkness cannot stand the light the of day,"the light of God's Word", for then his lies would be clearly seen for what they are.     

Christ's kingdom and the devil's kingdom live side by side in this world, and my look very much alike and seek the same goals. Yet they are entirely different. True Christians are wheat and produce fruit for eternal life. The unbelievers are the weeds and produce poisonous fruit.     

Christian friends, The kingdom of heaven is not a geographic location, but a spiritual realm where God rules and where we share in His eternal life. We will join that kingdom when we trust in Christ as our Savior.  

Let not the foe of Christ and man                                                                                This holy seed remove,                                                                                                           But give it root in every heart                                                                                             To bring forth fruits of love.  

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY - A heart open to God is soil in which the seed of His Word can flourish.