“WHEAT AND TARES”
In Matthew 13:24-30, “Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which 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 blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also. So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares? He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up? But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn.” Jesus gave this parable of two seeds: wheat and tares. It is a revealing and frightening Truth. I tremble at the responsibility every Christian has to know the Truth. I also tremble at the responsibility of the School of Christ International to be pure, holy, and steadfast in the work God has called us to. We must examine, not only our personal salvation, but our every action in our daily walk with God. We must realize that all will not be known until the end, but it will be made known.
I know, beyond any doubt, the School is the unadulterated Word of God. I knew the fully surrendered life lived by Pastor Clendennen, the founder of the School of Christ. I know God has honored His Word to untold multitudes throughout the world. My burden today is for those of us who remain after Pastor Clendennen’s death. Are we willing to leave everything behind and sacrifice everything for those who are now our responsibility to preach the Gospel to? It is going to take nothing less for us to do the Will of God than it did for the Gospel preachers and pioneers who proceeded us.
And then the Lord says, “Gather the wheat into my barn.” It is a story of the evil work of the enemy. It created great difficulties for us, but in the end, the Lord wins. It is the end that matters.
God said through the prophet, “So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it” (Isaiah 55:11). I thank God for the continuing burden and vision I have for this ministry and for all who share this vision and burden with me. Let us be faithful to Him in this effort until the end.
God bless you. Pray for all of the workers with the School. Pray for the greatest harvest of all time. Robert Turnage – SOC President