As everyday Christians living in this very busy world, we are constantly faced with a tug‑of‑war between our day-to-day secular obligations and our spiritual commitment. Many of us really struggle with this - how are we to live passionate, ‘sold-out-to-God’ Christian lives, and yet at the same time, live responsibly and practically in the ‘real’ world?
As believers living in a secular society, we don’t want to be accused of being worldly in our lifestyles – of living for materialistic things that we know won’t last. At the same time though, we also don’t want to be seen as being ‘head in the clouds’ idealists - of being impractical people who are ‘too Heavenly minded to be of any earthly use’. We realise that although we are certainly not of this world, we do have to live in it.
So how are we to live?
The Bible has a wonderful answer to this dilemma! The Apostle Paul tells us that if we wish to live totally committed lives to God in the busyness of our everyday lives, we need to think like a farmer thinks!
Yes! Paul tells us that we are to live for the ‘Heavenly world to come’ in the hard reality of ‘here and now’, by considering a basic agricultural principle.
That which is sown in the ground is that which will be reaped in due time. A farmer goes out, and digs his field and sows his seed, with one purpose in mind – the harvest that is to come. All of his springtime activity in the field is done with harvest in mind. That which is sown will be reaped. This is the single motivation for all the ploughing, sowing, watering, laying on of composts, spraying of insecticides, etc etc.
All of the ‘NOW’ of seedtime is spent in anticipation of the ‘THEN’ of harvest time.
“Do not be deceived” Paul warns regarding this matter. We need to realise that the ‘here and now’ of everyday life, is pretty much the seedtime opportunity for the coming harvest of Judgement Day.
Therefore, it is important that we live our lives as Christians with this in mind.
Question: What sort of a harvest is your life now being lived, going to bring about? What preparations have you made thus far in your life for the great day that is to come?
Have you indeed, considered the coming harvest at all? No sane farmer would plant carrots in the ground and then sit back and hope for a harvest of potatoes!
No. God is not mocked – and if we fail to realise the eternal consequences for the earthly things that we do every day – the joke will be on us.