Everywhere you turn we are hearing about the economy and the stimulus package. Honestly, I don’t completely understand what’s contained in this stimulus package, but I do hope it helps our economy and especially my annuity!
How did we get in this economic melt down? I don’t have a degree in economics but a major factor was vanity…people buying things they could not afford to impress people they did not know with things they did not even need.
It happens with purchasing cars and houses and the misuse of credit cards.
It happens when the advertising industry has a louder voice than God’s Word.
The truth that would have saved us from this mess is found in the Bible.
“Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap.” Galatians 6:7
We know this as the Law of the Harvest. Simply put…we reap what we sow.
The antithesis of this law is…we will not reap what we do not sow! Sometimes churches expect a harvest but they are not sowing!
I talk to lots of pastors and church leaders whose churches are plateaued or declining and when I ask what are you doing to change this, the answer is…”not much or nothing.”
Churches should be sowing the Gospel and creative ministries that engage people. What is your church sowing right now? Are you intentionally sowing the Gospel and making disciples? What are you personally sowing in your spiritual life?
Discipleship is a sowing process. The results will come as we invest and grow people from converts to disciples. Discipleship is a process, a journey of faith.
These disciples will make a difference in our churches. They will be servant leaders. They will share their faith, provide leadership, and produce other disciples who will produce other disciples who will produce other disciples, etc.
If we are sowing we should expect a harvest.
Jesus said, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” Luke 10:2
God has a stimulus package! In His Word we know that the resources are in the harvest. Those we win and disciple will provide the energy and leadership to assist us in moving our churches forward in faith.
When should we start?
“Do you not say, ‘Four months more and then the harvest’? I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest.” John 4:35
God has a spiritual stimulus package for all of us. Let’s utilize His mighty resources that will never default or need to be bailed out.
I’m feeling better already, regardless of what my annuity does!