Matthew 13:
47 “Once again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net that was let down into the lake and caught all kinds of fish. 48 When it was full, the fishermen pulled it up on the shore. Then they sat down and collected the good fish in baskets, but threw the bad away.49 This is how it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come and separate the wicked from the righteous 50 and throw them into the blazing furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

In God’s Kingdom presently, there is a mix of righteous and evil co-existing. Jesus warns that God’s judgment is coming and there will be a purifying separation at the end of the age.

God is slowly pulling in His net and will decide what to do with each of us. 

One of the messages of this parable is the need for us to let God be the Judge rather than trying to do it for Him. Our premature judgment of others may send more people to Hell than God would.

There’s another kind of separating that God does and that is the perfecting that goes on in our lives. Maybe at this mid-point in your life you are still shocked by the ugly things stuck in your net.

The message of Jesus is to let God remove the ugly things when they are brought to the surface. There are some ‘deep-sea creatures’ that might not see the light of day until they are hauled in at the time of Judgment. We need to approach that day with a willingness to let God remove what He will.

When you do a mid-life inventory, there may be things beneath the surface that are stuck within you. It is time to look forward to God’s judgment of our lives. His judgments are true and beneficial. Mature love allows extreme scrutiny and accepts judgment.