Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Expect (8/15/08)

1 Cor.9:10 - “…when the plowman plows and the thresher threshes, they ought to do so in the hope of sharing in the harvest.” Paul writes this concerning finances and God’s provisions for those in ministry but he uses a life example (farming) that I think should be extrapolated to ministry effectiveness as well. A laborer should always expect fruit from his labor. Too often, we work in ministry from a pessimistic perspective. We work hard, serving God with everything we have to give and then almost think, “I just hope it doesn’t fall apart.” So many Christian workers are trapped in this cycle of expecting failure - “God isn’t doing so much around here.” Forget that! Let’s enthusiastically expect a great harvest - it is ripe and plentiful, you know (Mt.9:37). Paul anticipated great things regardless of the context or situation in which he served (Rom.1:13, 1 Cor.16:9). Whatever you do for Him, work at it for His glory (1 Cor.10:31), in His name (Col.3:17), with all your heart (Col.3:23) and in all His power (Col.1:29). Then expect Him to do something HUGE! He is, by the way, the one who leads you, goes before you and breaks open the way that appeared to be a dead end (Micah 2:13).

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