The Lord Knows Those Who Are His

2 Timothy 2:19 (NKJV) “Nevertheless the solid foundation of God stands, having this seal: ‘The Lord knows those who are His,’ and, ‘Let everyone who names the name of Christ depart from iniquity.’”
 
Do you belong to God? In the Parable of the Wheat and the Tares (Matthew 13:24-30), a man planted wheat in his field, but then an enemy planted tares among the wheat. In their infancy the wheat and tares are hard to distinguish. The owner decided to let the two grow together until the harvest. At the time of harvest, the two could be distinguished. First he gathered the tares followed by the wheat. Many profess Christ but not all belong to Christ. The tares are false converts. They imagine themselves to be saved because they are surrounded by true believers. Their great delusion will be evidenced by a great apostasy. The adage is true: “I may fool you and you may fool me, but no one fools God.” The Lord knows those who are His. How is the wheat distinguished from the tares? By their fruit. The wheat develops a head of grain that causes it to bend over. The tare bears no fruit and stands straight up. The wheat represents those who are fruitful and humble toward God. The tares represent those who are fruitless and proud. False converts tolerate sin in their lives while genuine converts depart from iniquity. A holy and humble life is clear evidence that they belong to God. Those who live for themselves bear no fruit for God, and yet, insist they are saved. They are self-deceived. Granted, you and I don’t know who belongs to God, but He does. However, if we do claim to belong to Him, let us bear the fruit of a holy and humble life which testifies that our profession is real.