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Matthew 13:24-30

He presented them with another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a person who sowed good seed in his field. But while everyone was sleeping, an enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat and went away. When the plants sprouted and bore grain, then the weeds also appeared. So the slaves of the owner came and said to him, ‘Sir, didn’t you sow good seed in your field? Then where did the weeds come from?’ He said, ‘An enemy has done this.’ So the slaves replied, ‘Do you want us to go and gather them?’ But he said, ‘No, since in gathering the weeds you may uproot the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest. At harvest time I will tell the reapers, “First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles to be burned, but then gather the wheat into my barn.”’”

Jesus explains this parable to His disciples in Matthew 13:37-43: "He answered, 'The one who sowed the good seed is the Son of Man. The field is the world, and the good seed stands for the people of the kingdom. The weeds are the people of the evil one, and the enemy who sows them is the devil. The harvest is the end of the age, and the harvesters are angels. As the weeds are pulled up and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of the age. The Son of Man will send out his angels, and they will weed out of his kingdom everything that causes sin and all who do evil. They will throw them into the blazing furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Whoever has ears, let them hear.'"

Proverbs 15:22

Plans fail when there is no counsel, but with abundant advisers they are established.

The benefit of accountability is evident throughout scripture, especially in the New Testament throughout Paul's letters. Today's verse brings further support to that truth. When you believe in Jesus, you become part of a larger body of believers. As we work out our salvation in Christ, the design is for us to come together with others doing the same thing, and be sharpened by one another. We are to help each other stand up when we fall, comfort each other when we are hurt, and stand firm when temptation rushes at us with evil intent. It's a team effort, do not go it alone.

2 Peter 1:16-18

For we did not follow cleverly concocted fables when we made known to you the power and return of our Lord Jesus Christ; no, we were eyewitnesses of his grandeur.  For he received honor and glory from God the Father, when that voice was conveyed to him by the Majestic Glory: “This is my dear Son, in whom I am delighted.”  When this voice was conveyed from heaven, we ourselves heard it, for we were with him on the holy mountain.

When I hear a supposed true story that is “too good to be true”, the first thing I think about is how on earth the storyteller knows the story is true. If, when questioned on this, the storyteller says they heard it from someone else, I would most surely continue in disbelief until it was corroborated by a reliable source. Today, we read Peter’s resume about being a reliable source of the gospel message. “We saw His majestic splendor with our own eyes.” (NLT) “We ourselves heard this voice that came from heaven when we were with Him on the sacred mountain.” (NIV) It is one thing to pass someone else’s story along, but quite another to experience it and live as a witness to the truth of it. The integrity of the gospel is solid because God is faithful. Through the Holy Spirit the apostles preached reliably and with authority.

Hebrews 13:20-21

Now may the God of peace who by the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead the great shepherd of the sheep, our Lord Jesus, equip you with every good thing to do his will, working in us what is pleasing before him through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever. Amen.

Our God is the God of peace. Bringing Jesus back from the dead made peace between us and God. Without a resurrected Christ we do not have forgiveness of sins or right relationship with God. Through the perfect life of Christ and with His miraculous resurrection, God guided us to Himself once and for all - like "that great Shepherd of the sheep". Even more, He continues this kind of shepherding work through the gift of the Holy Spirit; "working in us what is pleasing to Him through Jesus Christ." Today, know that God is your shepherd. He seeks to lead you and protect you.

Psalm 42:1-2

As a deer longs for streams of water,so I long for you, O God! I thirst for God,for the living God.I say, “When will I be able to go and appear in God’s presence?”

God is our very life, and it is right that we "thirst" for Him. Father, we pray today that You would create a thirst in us for You, the living God. May the Holy Spirit lead us to the well of life that You offer each day; especially through the hard times. The truth is that all are desperately lost without You, and in great need of a Savior. We praise You for that Savior Jesus, and ask that we would never stop desiring more of You Lord God. Thank you Jesus for being the living water that never runs dry.