Weeds or wheat?

Matthew 13:24-30: “’Let both [the weeds and the wheat] grow together until the harvest; and at harvest time I will tell the reapers, Collect the weeds first and bind them in bundles to be burned, but gather the wheat into my barn.’"
As a joke, two students placed a pineapple on a display stand at a modern art show. Apparently “it was being treated as a serious artistic statement,” and one student said, “It just goes to show the ludicrousness of conceptual art.”
As ridiculous as it sounds, don’t we all let other arbiters decide for us what is important and worthwhile? With the “help” of marketers, we decide we want things and experiences with no real value. And if we focus on temporal matters too much, we fail to appreciate experiences and relationships with lasting value.
Jesus’ parable about weeds among the wheat tells us how difficult it can be to separate the lasting from the temporary. In our mortal and often superficial world, we don’t always do well in distinguishing noble pursuits from priorities which have been artificially elevated to importance.
We can make better calls about where to focus our attention if we think of God’s most important commandments about love. Do we spend our souls on something that will help us to love others and to love God, or on something which will distract us from those priorities?
Which priorities are the weeds, and which are the wheat?
Psalms 40, 54; Nehemiah 2:1-20; Revelation 6:12-7:4
Copyright 2017 by Carol Mead. For noncommercial use and sharing only. For more information on this ministry, and on a free subscription to these meditations, please go to the website (www.holyordinary.com).

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