Practical Proverbial, from Mark, 9 February 2015

He also said, “This is what the kingdom of God is like. A man scatters seed on the ground. Night and day, whether he sleeps or gets up, the seed sprouts and grows, though he does not know how. All by itself the soil produces grain—first the stalk, then the head, then the full kernel in the head. As soon as the grain is ripe, he puts the sickle to it, because the harvest has come.” Mark 4, verses 2-29.

What do we actually DO?

See, I’m thankful for all the folks who read this blog.   There are several thousand who read it worldwide.   Thanks to the internet, friends of friends, and, above all, the grace of God, all those folks read the daily musings of a North Texas Christian who struggles with faith the same way they do. Sure, you read and I write, but to be honest, I don’t really do much.   I just don’t. Something else is at play and you know who that is.

Or there is work.   Right now, I’m a project manager, working for a program manager, who is working for an executive team.   On my team there are currently three other leads and soon to be 10-15 individual contributors.   We are doing business and technical work to prepare for a government-mandated change in medical diagnosis codes which is scheduled for this October. A project team is symbiotic: each person’s role matters and both depends on and is dependent on others performing their roles.   My role is the focal point for the others but, in reality, like this blog, I don’t do much and I rarely do anything alone.   Something else is at work and you know who that is.

God-willing, I’ll soon leave that job behind. My wife and I are working to purchase a farm that we plan to turn into a vineyard. Our house is for sale, we have found the property, we have applied for agricultural financing, and we are working hard to pack up, plan for planting grapes and other crops, and looking for used winery and farm equipment.   In the buying process, though the goal is ours, we are dependent on so many other factors.   Assuming we are able to buy the farm, then comes the hard work of viticulture. We would do our part, but in truth, just like the parable Jesus quotes, it isn’t by the handiwork of man that vines would produce grapes for wine. Something else is happening and you know what that is.

We are born to work; mankind was made to do it.   Even before the fall, God made man to work the Garden of Eden.   We were made to live here in such a way as to enjoy God’s bounty while tending to it so that it might produce more for others through Him. That is the purpose of our lives:   to grow a crop for God.   Our work matters and our work continues, yet no matter what we do, the life of God goes on with or without us. We should be thankful, pleased, and even Godly proud of what we do here, yet it is with humble rebuke that Jesus reminds us to not get the big head.   Nothing we do here on the Third Rock happens without God first blessing it.   Life is that blessing and we do well to remember that He, not we, is the cause of it all.

Lord, thank You for the blessings of Life, work, and purpose.   May it all be to Your glory .

Read the rest of Mark 4.

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