"BE NOT DECEIVED"

[Of Special Interest to Young People]

One of Jesus' parables likens the kingdom of heaven "unto a man which sowed good seed in his field" (Matt. 13:24). Then, as though to point out the need of alertness, we are told that "while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat." Later the man's servants, who wished to pull out the tares, were admonished to "let both grow together until the harvest," for then they would be able to distinguish the tares, gather them, and bind them for burning. The tare, before it comes into ear, has the appearance of wheat.

Today we find that in our field of right endeavor, where we sow good seeds, mortal mind in belief plants tares to deceive us; hence our need to be alert to the Apostle Paul's admonition (Gal. 6:7), "Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap." Mary Baker Eddy writes in the textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 72), "Mortal belief (the material sense of life) and immortal Truth (the spiritual sense) are the tares and the wheat, which are not united by progress, but separated." But in our work of reaping the harvest, if we are patient and persistent in our desire to reflect only Godlike qualities, we soon detect the tares.

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