Focal Passage: Hosea 10:5-15
A story is told of a farmer who went out to gather some eggs and harvest his crops. As he walked across the farm toward the hen house, he noticed a pump was leaking. So he stopped to fix it. It needed a new washer, so he set off to the barn to get one. But on the way, he saw that the hay needed to be straightened in the barn, so he searched for his pitchfork.
Hanging next to the pitchfork was a broom with a broken handle. He made a note to buy a broom handle. By now, it’s clear that the farmer isn’t going to get to his eggs or his crops. Likely, he’s not going to accomplish much. He is a prisoner of unbridled spontaniety. The farmer fails to reap significantly because what he sows is minimal, misguided and his priorities are malfunctioning.
Beware what you sow. But there’s even more at risk for the believer than this. It’s so easy for any of us to live our life in this regard. There are no shortcuts to godliness. It’s a pursuit that is met with obstacles and struggles. Struggles never take a vacation. What may seem urgent is not always the most important thing in our lives. And a fickle heart can wander farther into sin than it ever thought it could possibly go! [Read more…]