Day 11: Seeking First His Kingdom (61 days of worry-free devotions)

Whole books could be (and probably have been) written about Jesus’s parables. I hope you had time to contemplate the whole passage yesterday and not just the part I commented on. If ever you want to take more than one day on “one day” of this devotional, please do! Unless you are part of a group study, then you’re out of luck. (Also, you can search for the entry called Seeking First His Kingdom Study Questions for your group!)

The parable we’re talking about today is in Matthew 13:24-30. Once again, you can read it in your Bible or online if you wish, but I’m only going to put Jesus’s explanation to his disciples here. It’s in verses 37-43.

And He answered and said, “The one who sows the good seed is the Son of Man, and the field is the world; and as for the good seed, these are the sons of the kingdom; and the tares are the sons of the evil one; and the enemy who sowed them is the devil, and the harvest is the end of the age; and the reapers are angels. Therefore just as the tares are gathered up and burned with fire, so shall it be at the end of the age. The Son of Man will send forth His angels, and they will gather out of His kingdom all stumbling blocks, and those who commit lawlessness, and will cast them into the furnace of fire; in that place there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Then the righteous will shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears, let him hear.”

So, in this parable we are the seed. Jesus planted us. We could go on for years talking about who the tares in this world are. Let’s just make sure that we are the righteous who shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of our Father. Do you think we’ll be shining literally, figuratively, or both? I want to be among the righteous who find out!

What do you want to remember from today’s passage? My sentence with which I’ll replace my worry thoughts today is THE RIGHTEOUS WILL SHINE FORTH IN THEIR FATHER’S KINGDOM.

*New American Standard Bible verses used in the paperback version of this devotional with permission from The Lockman Foundation.

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