WHAT IS RELIABLE? (Part #7) 7-14-2013

posted Jul 21, 2013, 4:48 PM by Dale Barnes

“Others, like seed sown on good soil, hear the word, accept it, and produce a crop--thirty, sixty or even a hundred times what was sown.” (Mk.4:20 NIV) These are Jesus’ words in the parable of the sower.

Diligence and perseverance are great keys to successful service to Christ.  I have thought a number of times when I sensed I had failed in a certain activity; “I had rather, at least, have 30 fold in my favor, then give up, and have nothing.”

There are encouraging instruction in Ecclesiastes that are very helpful.  “Cast your bread upon the waters, for after many days you will find it again.” (11:1) This encourages us about patience. Fruitfulness does not always come immediately. Some trees produce fruit quickly; others after a number of years. “At the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” (Gal.6:9 NIV)

“Whoever watches the wind will not plant; whoever looks at the clouds will not reap.” (11:4)  The challenge here is not to let circumstances (difficulties, hindrances, obstacles) affect our service.  Take advantage of opportunities to serve though inconvenient. Press through and give yourself to the challenge.

“Sow your seed in the morning, and in the evening let not your hands be idle, for you do not know which will succeed, whether this or that, or whether both will do equally well.” (11:6)  Christian service can come in many ways; at many times. This is a challenge to work and serve at all times and ways. Take advantage of all opportunities: helping and blessing others, producing fruit for eternity;  Moths cannot corrupt and thieves cannot steal. the fruit is perfectly safe in heaven. Remember, we only have one “shot” at this. This one life, lived for God,  has value in eternal rewards.