Our Hand to the Plow

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Industrial farmers have it easy.

Okay, perhaps not easy, but they can certainly plow and harvest in comfort. Modern farming machines are air conditioned, have stereos, and come with spring-loaded seats.

They even have GPS and built-in televisions.

Who wouldn’t want to be a farmer in today’s innovative world?

A few hundred years ago would tell a different farmer’s story.

Or even for the backyard gardener. We don’t have air-conditioned cockpits to go with our hoes and rakes. We do it the old-fashioned way, with arm work and the sweat of our brow.

Even if the sun is hot, we can’t give up halfway through our project. Once we start, we’re obligated to finish if we want to be called a true gardener.

Luke 9:62 says our Christian walk is the same.

“Jesus said to him, ‘No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.’ ”

Who finds pride in leaving a row half turned? Or the ground haphazardly weeded?

What crops will mature successfully in our field if we give up our preparations and spend the day in front of the TV?

The missionaries we were so excited about when they visited our church. Do we still support them?

The new children’s wing on the church, can we say we’ve ever volunteered on Sunday morning?

The new Christians we greeted in the welcome line, when’s the last time we invited them to eat with us for Sunday lunch?

“No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.”

Those are Jesus’ words, not ours.

Let’s be about the business of the Master. Today’s our time.

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