Let’s talk about why it’s possible for God’s people to feel as if everything around them is fake, often overgrown and not real. Jesus is speaking to an agrarian society in the above “Parable of the Weeds.” It was commonplace back then for a competitor to sabotage another farmer, despite knowing it was rotten and wrong. Darnel, also known as poison darnel, is a poisonous weed that this competitor, or “enemy” would have planted. In some regions, it is referred to as “false wheat” because it closely resembles wheat until the ear appears.
There is a difference between wheat that gives life, and darnel which brings death. There is life and death at stake, so this is a very serious situation. Jesus is teaching us that it’s nearly impossible to tell the difference between the two until the very end. The parable continued, “Let both grow together until the harvest. At that time I will tell the harvesters: First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles to be burned; then gather the wheat and bring it into my barn.”
Friend, when you’re growing, achieving your goals, creating and moving forward, the act of comparing yourself to others or examining your life based on what they do, is not useful. Sometimes, you think something is wonderful and life-giving, but it’s actually poisonous. You can learn from others, but God does not want us to compare ourselves to them. As you keep your eyes on the Lord and what He has called you to do, you will thrive in the field of weeds!