Welcome to Irene
It’s good to have with us Irene, who will be our new CMS link missionary along with the Boyds, now that Inpa and Vana Eliezer are retiring from their work in Cambodia. Irene will be speaking briefly about her work in this morning’s services. She has had many years’ experience in mission and we look forward to getting to know her better in the years to come.
THIS Sunday’s readings:
Jesus tells the parable of the wheat and the weeds in Matthew 13: 24-30 and
36-43. Things to note are:
- The owner in the story won’t let the crop be weeded until the
harvest time. In pulling up the weeds, the servants might accidentally
uproot the wheat. Left to grow, it will be clear eventually which plants
(people) are weeds and which are wheat, so that there will be a maximum
harvest of the ‘people of the kingdom’.
- Where did the weeds come from? ‘An enemy did this’. In God’s world
‘people of the evil one’ don’t just naturally appear. ‘The enemy who
sows them is the devil’.
Given all this, how are we to know for sure that we are wheat (people of the
kingdom) and not weeds (people of the evil one)? Sometimes like Paul in
Romans 7 we get so depressed by our continuing battle with our fallen human
nature that we may wonder. Paul answers this question today in Romans 8:
12-25, where he reminds us that we received the Holy Spirit when we
believed, allowing us to address God as ‘Father’. ‘The Spirit himself
testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children,’ Paul writes. So
there is an inner spiritual witness to us, from God himself Spirit to
spirit, that we belong to him and his Kingdom. Don’t let ‘the enemy’
persuade you otherwise!