A Crop Is A Crop
You harvest as much as you sow, and never more.
We've been considering what it means to be jars of clay—ordinary, fragile people living in a difficult and dangerous world. The message of 2 Corinthians is that we're unbreakable as long as we have Christ living within us. No matter what life does to us, no matter what the world dishes out, the life of Christ sustains and strengthens us so that we can offer His life to others. When life is difficult—when we find ourselves cracked, knocked over, or turned upside down—the life-giving power of Christ flows out of us and into others. When life hurts, God's comfort is more than enough to get us through; it's enough to give away. In 2 Corinthians 9:6-11, Paul addresses the issue of material need, and what it means to be unbreakable in the face of financial pressure.
A crop is a crop.
As tedious and tiresome as it can be, there's something soothing about the sound and smell of leaves as you rake and something satisfying about seeing them all bundled up when you're done.
What is it about raking leaves that's so satisfying? It has to do with the harvest. Human beings have a primal urge to sow and reap, to gather a crop, to bundle the fruits of their labor. To a farmer, the harvest represents a year's worth of planting and tending, of watching and waiting and wondering. When the last sheaf is bundled and the storehouse is full, the farmer feels a sense of satisfaction and gratitude.
Most of us are not farmers, so raking leaves is about as close as we'll come to bringing a harvest home. But the satisfaction we find in gathering that weightless, worthless crop is an expression of our God-given longing to do something with our lives: to sow and reap a harvest of significance. When we come to the end of a year, ...
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Bryan Wilkerson is pastor of Grace Chapel in Lexington, Massachusetts.