Jer. 7:1-11 | Ps. 84:3-6, 8a, 11 | Mt. 13:24-30
Jeremiah is reminding us about what we should do to belong to God. God does not want us to say one thing and do another. God promises to be with us but asks the following: deal justly with all, do not oppress the aliens, widows or the orphans, do not shed innocent blood or follow strange gods. We read these words and usually say “I’m safe.” God is calling us to go beyond the obvious and look at the interior of our hearts. Are there things or people who are more important to us than God? Do we take care of those who are less fortunate than ourselves, etc.?
Jesus tells us that we will be tempted in life. The weeds are planted right next to the wheat. They grow together until the end. Those who give into the weeds will be picked up and destroyed just as they are. Those who remain with the wheat will be harvested and grow in love with God.
Take time to see where you fit into the plan of God. How do you give worship and praise to God? How do you take care of your neighbor? What do you need to change?