Having heard no pushback on any kind from my last post, I have gathered that:
1) we are all in agreement, or
2) no one is reading this…:(
Nonetheless, I am certain that someday, I will be searched for on the internet and this blog will be found and then skimmed with the proverbil finetooth comb for errors against whomever
Thus let me balance out my ire with saccharine kindness.
I planted three apple trees that I had raised from seeds (Some people keep dogs as pets…I keep germinating seedlings!) behind my mother’s house last August. One has done very well and is as tall as the (uncut) grass around it. The other two are hanging on…one of them barely (the ribbon I tied to it so I could find it again has actually bent it over!)
What moral/societal lesson can we derive from this? Life is more than “bloom where you’re planted” and “just hang it there!” Given the same circumstances, some will abundantly succeed, some will tread water, and some will live on the edge of oblivion. Which, I think, is one of the intended meanings of Matthew 13:8,23
8″And others fell on the good soil and yielded a crop, some a hundredfold, some sixty, and some thirty.
23″And the one on whom seed was sown on the good soil, this is the man who hears the word and understands it; who indeed bears fruit and brings forth, some a hundredfold, some sixty, and some thirty.” (NASV)
The perspective is not on how much you produce, but that you produce. Some will be blessed, like Isaac, a probable referent of Jesus (Genesis 26:12-14). And some will only return what they put in…while others barely return anything. The difference between the condemned slave in Matthew 25:24-30 and the builders of the holy temple in I Corinthians 3:12-15 is their effort. We misread these two passages sometimes….the testworthiness of the temple is based on the base materials (wood, hay, straw) as the decorations are only on the surface and often “burned up”. The wicked slave gives a really bad excuse: if he knows the master “harvests where he had not sown and gathers where he had not scattered seed”, why wasn’t he afraid enough to try to impress him?
Do not worry, my dear friends, if others harvest more than you…be of the mind to harvest still!
Do not tarry at your labor..sow much seed and be an aide…help the Kingdom as you will!
Do not think of others’ treasures when there’s souls and lives to save…work until the Master calls you!
For soon the working’s over and rest will come to you
And Christ in comfort keep you and celebrate the new!