Sow your seed in the morning, and at evening let your hands not be idle, for you do not know which will succeed, whether this or that, or whether both will do equally well. – Ecclesiastes 11:6
As tempting as it is to snuggle under the comforter and sleep until spring… we can’t do that. We have seed to sow and work for our hands to do. As Solomon says, we don’t know if the seed will grow or die – and we don’t know if the work our hands find to do will prove to be successful – but we do know if we give up… nothing will be accomplished. That’s not good and God’s not pleased.
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Some commentaries associate the morning to youth and the evening to older folks. The same rule of thumb applies – we work ’til Jesus comes! We don’t do the same type of ministry in our 50’s that we did in our 20’s – that’s just the way it is. There are more challenges as we age, but it’s not an excuse to quit. Regardless of your age, you can ask the Lord to open doors of opportunity for you. There’s work to be done, and maybe you’re the one for the job.
I’ve had such fun trying new ways to minister to others. I like to write and help other writers by making designs, guest writing and ghost writing. BOO! 😀
So even though the days are shorter and darkness falls so much earlier now, pray for ministry opportunities. God will give your hands work to do for Him.
A ministry doesn’t have to be large, it just has to be sincere. Serving others for Christ is all that matters. If you’re singing at a nursing home or helping in a homeless shelter or whatever your hands find to do… do your best! Trust that God will provide the increase through your efforts.
I have friends who have gone overseas to do mission work. Sometimes I think, “Wow… that is really putting feet to your faith!” But do I know how much many seeds I sow decide to grow? NO! I write what I’m led to write and leave the rest up to God. Isn’t that what a ministry or a mission does, whether it’s in the U.S. or abroad? I’m so much more contented and focused in my ministry when I stop comparing the importance of my ministry to that of others.
Be open to the leading of God’s Holy Spirit… and you will be amazed (and a little surprised) at what may happen next. It may become the great adventure of your life! 🙂