“The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field; but while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat and went his way. But when the grain had sprouted and produced a crop, then the tares also appeared.”
The Kingdom of God is likened to planting a field by sowing good seeds. Seeds by nature will grow when the condition of the soil is conducive. But the field when unguarded, will be exposed to seeds of all kind of weeds, or tares, which on the outside, look very much like wheat. Tares are not beneficial, in fact they contain toxin that is harmful to the human bodies. This problem with the tares is not because there were lack of good seeds, good sowing, or even due to the lack of good soil. It comes about because “men slept”, and dropped their guard against the scheme and intrusion of the enemy.
At times, we witness the “good sowing” of the Lord in our lives and in the Church. There is no lack of evangelism, preaching of the Word, financial blessings, healings and God’s blessings of all sorts. We even witness this fact in nations, where godly values were incorporated into the constitution of these nations, education system, governance, etc. However, with the passage of time, we sometimes see the decline of even the decay of these godly values and heritage. Perhaps, at some point, the enemy has found his way into our lives and started sowing seeds of lies and deception, fear, doubts, unbelief and offence. These seeds of “tares” begin to take root and bring corruption to our lives until destruction and defilement spread to other parts of our lives, affecting others as well.
The Lord wants to give us the very best. He desires to sow good seeds into our lives, because He wants His blessings to take root, multiply in our lives. He wants us to be blessed, to be a blessing to others, and to pass His blessings down the generation line to those who come after us. But the enemy of God, Satan, want the exact opposite. He wants to bring maximum damage and defilement into our lives, and he wants them to multiply and spill over to the future generations.
The key is: we must not slumber; we must be vigilant spiritually at all times. We must not stop or slack in prayers. We need to put up a shield of prayers over the seeds of evangelism, godly heritage, godly relationships (husband-wife, parents-children, brothers-sisters in Christ, etc) and all other blessings which God has given us. So that they might be preserved in purity, grow up to be crops and trees that benefits others.
Guard the good seeds of the Kingdom of God in your lives today with Spirit-led and Spirit-inspired prayers. Do not be complacent.