PASTOR'S PEN: What are spending your life working for?

By Dr. Duane Costello

Senior Pastor of Faith Fellowship Church

It’s certainly spring isn’t it? And that means the farmers are out getting their fields ready. I’m not a farmer, but I know a lot of farmers. One thing is for sure about farmers: if they don’t get out and sow their seed in the ground, there is no chance of bringing in a harvest down the road. Farmers work very hard! They get up very early and work all day and usually go to bed late.

It’s interesting; once the farmer finally “sows his seeds” and gets his crop in the field, he doesn’t just sit back and take it easy.

He doesn’t put his crop in the ground and then go on a three-month vacation and then return just in time to harvest his crop, does he? Not at all! If he did do this then he couldn’t expect a good crop or even a crop at all. The farmer is continually working; spraying the fields for weeds, and working on his machinery and buildings and everything else to keep them working so when it is time for harvest he is ready to bring in the crops. Even though he sowed the seed, he still has work to do until harvest time.

There’s a great lesson here to learn. Many people are working hard in life to get ahead or to make a name for themselves or to attain a position. Many people are working hard, which is a good thing by the way, but they work without really knowing what they are working for. They should be working to bring in a crop at harvest time. The Bible says in Galatians 6: 7-8, “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.”

Scripture is clear; if we sow to ourselves, then we will reap corruption. If we sow to the Spirit of God, then we will reap things from the Spirit. May I be bold and ask you a question? What are you working for? Is it power, prestige, money, fame? Then work as hard as you can but remember; you will reap corruption. It’s because these things do not have eternal value. Many people who are working hard to get famous or to make it rich find out that they don’t have what it takes, or simply a few bad decisions along the way causes them pain and great sorrow.

As a pastor for over 17 years, I have been by the bedside of many people who were dying, and you know something, I have never heard one person who is dying wish that they had made more money or became more famous. Each and every time I heard that person say something like this: “I wish I had spent more time with those I loved” or I would hear them say, “I wish I had done more for God”.

Remember, “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.” What are you working for? If you are a believer in Jesus Christ then our life should be lived daily to sow seeds for God’s kingdom. Just like the farmer, we need to keep working while the seeds we sow start to mature. We should strive to work hard for our Savior because His rewards are awesome.

Many people don’t know Jesus Christ as their Savior and so they have no idea what they could be working for. So they end up working for everything else that everyone else is working for; and that never satisfies. Only Jesus can truly satisfy your souls longing for peace and forgiveness. Jesus died and rose from the dead to pay for your sin debt. He promises eternal life to all who will come to him and repent of sin and by faith trust in Jesus to be their Savior. Begin sowing your seed for Jesus Christ and you will learn how to have purpose and meaning in life right now. What are you working for?