WORKING AND DRINKING

Come, my beloved, let us go forth into the field … let us see if the vine flourish.
Song of Solomon 7:11-12
Parris and I acquired a painting in Bulgaria a number of years ago. We were having dinner in a hotel restaurant and saw a painting on the wall that really spoke to us. It was a portrayal of several women working in the fields. They were harvesting wheat and drinking from a water vessel during their labors. It seemed so fitting to me. We too are laboring in the fields with joy. Our joy comes from our continual drinking of the living Water Jesus gives us. Our joy overflows as we share God’s love together with our fellow laborers. Someone on the team purchased that painting and gave it to us as a gift. It hangs in our home as a constant reminder of our calling; harvesting and drinking with our brothers and sisters as we go. Here are some thoughts from Spurgeon on today’s word.
“The church was about to engage in earnest labour, and desired her Lord’s company in it. She does not say, I will go, but let us go. It is blessed working when Jesus is at our side! It is the business of God’s people to be trimmers of God’s vines. Like our first parents, we are put into the garden of the Lord for usefulness; let us therefore go forth into the field. Observe that the church, when she is in her right mind, in all her many labors desires to enjoy communion with Christ. Some imagine that they cannot serve Christ actively, and yet have fellowship with him: they are mistaken. Doubtless it is very easy to fritter away our inward life in outward exercises, and come to complain with the spouse, They made me keeper of the vineyards; but mine own vineyard have I not kept: but there is no reason why this should be the case except our own folly and neglect. Certain is it that a professor may do nothing, and yet grow quite as lifeless in spiritual things as those who are most busy.”
I think we are entering into a season of intense harvest. The harvest is plentiful but the laborers are few. The Lord is calling His sons and daughters into this life of joy. There is nothing in this world like it, drinking living water as we work in the Lord’s Vineyard.

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One thought on “WORKING AND DRINKING

  1. HALLELUJAH, HALLELUJAH, HALLELUJAH!!!
    HAVE YOUR WAY JESUS/HOLY SPIRIT WITH ME ALL DAY LONG/TODAY/TOMORROW/FOREVER!
    I’M ALL YOURS KING OF KINGS!
    SHOW ME MORE MOVE ME WHERE YOU WANT ME TO GO.. I LOVE YOU KING.

    PASTOR FRANK, I LOVE LOVE YOU/ALL. HAVE A BLESSED AND FILLED DAY IN OUR AWESOME KING… HALLELUJAH. 🙂

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