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The Entrustment #4

Are We Hard-Working Farmers?

Are We Hard-Working Farmers?

Paul the apostle expected Timothy, his son in the faith, to continue the work that he had started, the task of proclaiming the gospel. So, he gave him an entrustment (2 Timothy 2:1-2).

He knew that the assignment would require hard work, so he illustrated it with a memorable image. He wrote, “…The hardworking farmer should be the first to receive a share of the crops…” (2 Timothy 2:6).

As someone raised on a farm, I appreciate Paul’s analogy. Farming is hard work. The days are long, and they often start early. The weather, on which the harvest depends, is often unpredictable and occasionally devastating. Much of the work is uncomfortable, unseen, and unheralded.

But, despite these challenges, the long-term rewards are immeasurable. Farmers are not only able to enjoy the fruits of their labours, but they are also the stewards of a valuable inheritance – the loaned land on which they labour.

This is a picture of the kingdom entrustment that we have been given.

Do we appreciate its value?

Are we faithful to our stewardship?

Are we prepared to give it the commitment it deserves?


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