The person that mistreats me will need me before I need them! Why, Why, Why, do you say these words! That’s not necessarily true in all situations, as there are many variables... Are you placing yourself in a position of superiority? These words sing melodies into the ears of one who wants revenge, or one who desires to see damnation on another life... Really! While you are waiting for the worse to happen to that person, which you probably will not see happen, life continues moving forward.
But let’s stop and think; did Jesus worry about those who mistreated him? Nah! He let His followers know that you “will” suffer for My name sake. The question is this, are you being mistreated for His name sake, if so, expect it, if not, maybe you need to reevaluate your actions or yourself as to why you are being mistreated.
Jesus spoke a parable about a man who sowed good seeds in his field. When the man was sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds with the good seeds. When the servants of the man realize that the weeds were planted with his good seeds, asked the owner, “…do you want us to go and pull them out? The man who sowed the good seeds said, No, because as you pull out the weeds, you may uproot the wheat with them, (a premature demise for the wheat). Let them grow together until the harvest.”
Lesson one: You will be surrounded by weeds, when the wind blows you will touch each other, when the sun beams both of you will feel the heat, and when the storm comes both of you will get wet. But the difference between the wheat and weeds is, “The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear Him [with awe-inspired reverence and worship Him with obedience], And He rescues [each of] them,” (Psalm 34:7). The Lord protects folks that are in His will and purpose, and when the evil one plants destruction around them, “…the spirit of the Lord will lift up a standard against him,” (Isaiah 59:19).
Lesson two: Although the intent of a weed planter is evil, it’s not the wind, heat from the sun, or rain to be worried about. It’s when you reach the level of maturity and it’s time for the harvest, will your worries be about those who have mistreated you getting what they deserve, or will you be concerned whether you have reached a level of spirituality that reap the benefits of eternal life?
Then Jesus was asked to explain this parable in detail. Jesus said this, “The one who sows the good seed is the Son of Man (Jesus) and the field is the world; and [as for] the good seed, these are the sons of the kingdom, and the weeds 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,” (Matthew 13:37-39).
The seeds and the weeds were planted and both experienced the same attacks, wind, sun, and rain, which let me know we are not obsolete from experiencing the afflictions of this world, but when reaping season comes the angels will gather what is most valuable, the wheat.