Cheap and Easy
“The land must never be sold on a permanent basis, for the land belongs to me. You are only foreigners and tenant farmers working for me” (Leviticus 25.23 NLT).
We’ve all heard the expression, “Hold on Loosely,” which we say to remind ourselves that everything ultimately belongs to God. He chooses when to give us stewardship over different landscapes (e.g. people, possessions, talents and callings); and He chooses when to reposition or release us from the various areas we cultivate. However, we tend to focus on the word “loosely” and forget that we are called to “hold on.” Many people jump from one stewardship to the next because they are not willing to stay the long haul. Cultivating land is not easy. Often times we will find ourselves frustrated with people, burdened by possessions, lazy in our talents and timid in our callings; and we may be tempted to move to greener pastures. We’ll begin to jump from one pasture to another without any real purpose, hoping for a harvest that will come cheap and easy. But that is not how God designed life. He purposefully created land that would take our sweat, strength and sacrifice to cultivate; so we would achieve our highest calling – to serve selflessly and to love like Jesus. Before you give up and try to sell the “land” God has placed you in, seek the Holy Spirit’s approval. If you don’t have peace, encourage yourself in the Lord and get back to work! Your diligence will pay off!
“No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it” (Hebrews 12.11 NIV).