How do you make big life decisions?
Pastor Mark Jeske
The Bible over and over uses farm imagery to teach believers how to think about their lives, how God designed things to work, how to make big decisions. This not only made sense to Scripture’s original readers, the majority of whom worked in agriculture-related jobs, but it still resonates today because there’s no cheating and there are no shortcuts in farming.
If a farmer plants corn, corn there will be. He shouldn’t expect a wheat crop. If he’s too lazy to get going in April and doesn’t get around to planting until July, there won’t be any crop at all. St. Paul invites you to ponder farming as you think about your life priorities: “Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life” (Galatians 6:8).
Whom have you chosen to be your closest friends? I hope you’ve chosen wisely—you will become like them. On what do you spend your money? Are you serious about saving, arranging for education for your children, and investing in the ministries of your church, or do you love expensive vacations, gambling, and new cars?
To help you in your “sowing” (i.e., decisions on how you spend your time and money), imagine that your heavenly Father’s eyes are on your credit card, checkbook, or smartphone as you do it.
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