Friday, November 16, 2007
Be the Farmer
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The world is not overly impressed with the life and occupation of farmers. The work of a farmer is seldom glamorous, and often tedious. And therefore, with the exception of the elderly McDonald and that one guy “in the dell”, there really aren’t many famous farmers. Seriously, when was the last time you saw a farmer on the cover of People Magazine?
But while the world may take for granted those who work the soil, the Holy Spirit lifts up the Farmer as an example for believers to emulate.
Here is 2 Tim 2:6 “The hardworking farmer must be first to partake of the crops.”
The farmer is an example for believers in two ways:
#1 Farmers work hard.
We, as servants of the living God, should work hard at cultivating righteousness, love and care for the lowly.
The work ethic of the farmer is something to be admired and imitated. Don’t be a lazy Christian; serve, study, pray and serve some more. The farmer’s sofa still looks new. The farmer’s television is dusty and cool to the touch. (Ya, get me?)
#2 Farmers get to eat what they plant.
Who’s the first one to enjoy the best of the strawberries? The strawberry farmer.
Who’s the first one to enjoy the sweetest of the watermelons? The melon farmer.
Plant and cultivate kindness, faithfulness, justice and mercy for others and you will be the first to enjoy them at your own table. And this, my over-all wearing friend, will make all the hard work worth it.
So …“Hi-Ho The Dairy-O” and “E-I-E-I-O” the farmer is to be an example to the followers of Christ. Work hard and get ready to eat what you plant. Serve, serve here – love, love there. You get the idea.