For some people it may seem that in bringing in the sheaves, we are only talking about ‘those kinds of people’ that fit the mold. You know, the ‘worthy’ type and kind, not those…well, for more or less speaking in the vernacular, the bums and hobos and homeless.
No, we don’t really want to bring those bums into our churches nor do we want them around us. Sure, we’ll embrace them if they clean themselves us and attempt to be a ‘proper’ person like other folks.
The same holds true with the drug dealers and ex-cons. We don’t want them either. They should remain with their ‘own’ kind. We don’t need to be influenced by their bad habits.
And so when we look around the church and see all those ‘good’ people, we realize we are supposed to work to bring in all the others. It is supposed to be a no one left behind mentality.
And for some mainline churches that are sparse on membership, they might want to wonder why no one resides around the pews these days. Surely, we already know we have run off the young people and what remains are those of us with thinning, gray hair.
Jesus loved the crowds. Most all of his who were there with him were poor. They were the dejected, the bums and hobos of the times, yet he embraced them as family members the same as he embraces us.
The only people he even really cautioned us about were the rich, the educated and those with Biblical knowledge.
So then, in bringing in the sheaves, we should not sift out the very group of people Christ invites in. For I am saying that if we reject them, then Jesus will also reject us. And if Jesus rejects us then all is lost for there will be no one left to sort through the sheaves. In fact, there will be no one at all to even bring in the sheaves. Our sieves will be nothing but empty.