“Let them both grow till the harvest;
and at harvest time I shall say to the reapers:
First collect the darnel and
tie it in bundles to be burnt,
then gather the wheat into my barn." Matthew 13:30.
May be because Jesus was attached so much to his own creation, the nature, he uses ‘seed’ in many of his metaphors. ‘Seed’ was the best metaphor he found and used, sometimes, as a substitute for his thought and teachings. ‘A farmer went out to sow his seed’.
Farmer is out with a purpose. He requires a good ripe. Like a seed in soil the soul is out to the earth with a purpose. Verily, verily, I say unto you, except a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it abides alone: but if it dies, it brings forth much fruit. John12:24.
Seed is a possibility. Our life is also seeking possibility. We can seek the possibilities through ‘ask, seek and knock’. The end result will be either of these four: some fell along the path, some fell on rocky places, some fell along thorns and some on good soil.
There is a time gap between the sowing and reaping. When there is no gap between the sowing and reaping, it is his Word; the ‘seed’ is the Word. It harvest within no time.
He was in this world for 33 years to remind us that there is a seed in us waiting for harvest. So the possibility is in slumber. Like a plant in desert it is waiting for water for ages. May be the Samaritan woman used to drink from the well from her childhood. But when she drank the water given by Jesus, she forgot to take her water jar and went back to the town to her own people. There is no waiting for the harvest.
The concept that the seed is within you has great meaning. It is a great contradiction that what the people seek for ages is within them. What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived is within us. 1 Corinthians 2:9. And that seed is Jesus itself. Who else it will be when no one lived a life according to God’s directions and humbled himself as Jesus did.
Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death— even death on a cross! Philippians 2:6
So it is a truth that Jesus is ‘sleeping’ in everyone’s heart as a seed waiting for rain. We all need need to ‘knock’ him to calm the storm. Mark 4:35. It says he was sleeping on a cushion in the stern. So the efforts needed are very straight, no need of exercises, no need of year old practices, just a knock, which is enough.
We will not realise this fact is the greatest tragedy on earth. We are not nurturing our own experiences, which may lead to waking up the one sleeping on the stern. Of course there is someone outside us, but we are always behind him by lightening candles and burning incense in thuribles. The sleeping Christ is more important than the generalised Jesus as described: For where two or three are gathered together in My name, there am I in the midst of them. Matthew 18:20.
The mystery that has been kept hidden for ages and generations, but is now disclosed to the Lord’s people. To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. Colossians 1: 26-27
So the darnels are not much an issue. There will be many impurities in us, which we can’t weed out. We don’t need to remove all these darnels before we start to love him. Only the trees should be axed, Luke 3:9. The trees are grave sins. So remove the trees and suppress the darnels. And since he is ready to come with us two miles when we wish for one mile we can keep our trust in him. Matthew 5:41.