How can wheat and weeds grow together?

Week beginning: 26th March, 2017 | By Graham Whitworth | Sunbury-on-Thames

"Jesus told them another parable: 'The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field. But while everyone was sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away. When the wheat sprouted and formed ears, then the weeds also appeared."

Matthew 13:24-26 (NIV UK)

This parable covers the whole of history under God's sovereign rule, addressing the tension of living in a fallen world.

The servants wanted to pull up the weeds, but the owner forbade this until the harvest, to avoid harming the crop. So we must respect God's decision to defer His judgment on unbelievers. Our role is to be peacemakers, to encourage fair dealing and mitigate the damage sinful people can inflict on God's world. We are His agents to help the wheat and the weeds to get on together until Jesus returns.

Our help as lawyers is needed in "non-contentious" transactions and other business because people cannot trust each other to do what is right, and in litigation because something has gone wrong. Our profession may not therefore be needed in the new heaven and earth, which will be full of righteousness (2 Peter 3:13).

Therefore our role as lawyers is our calling but not our identity. At the time of harvest, our work as lawyers may end, but the Bible is clear that we will have work to do in the world to come. Whatever the nature of that work, we are being prepared for it now. Our identity is not as lawyers but as adopted children of God through faith in Christ – while we are practising, after retirement and beyond the grave.

Prayer points:

1. Thank God for your new identity as His son or daughter through faith in Jesus and pray for that to motivate you as you serve Him in the practice or study of law and in the rest of your life.

2. Pray for your clients to instruct you to deal fairly with the other parties to any business you are conducting for them and for a just and fair outcome of any negotiations or proceedings.