It was so familiar hearing J. Vernon McGee reminisce about growing up on a small southern farm. Of rising early, lighting a lantern, and walking to the barn to tend the animals. He described opening the door and how the light shown in the darkness. And how the birds in the rafters would begin to sing and how the rats over in the corner would run for cover.
This suggests a parable our Lord once told, a parable of wheat and tares, and how the “children of the kingdom” and the “children of the wicked one” were to “grow together until the harvest.” For us this presents a problem, for wheat and tares are indistinguishable for a time. So how are we to know?
The answer is surprisingly simple: show forth the light of His Word and the birds will begin to sing and the rats will run for cover!