Proverbs 14 4-14-19

We are sanctified by truth; God’s word is truth. Jesus said as much. Our job is to read and do. He will lead us.

4 Where there are no oxen, the manger is empty, but from the strength of an ox comes an abundant harvest.

This is one of my favorite proverbs because it is so rich in meaning. It describes the difference between being religious and being committed to Christ.

We can live a life that is pleasing to us–WE choose what we consider to be godly and what is allowed, keeping our lives “clean enough” to be accepted by God– or we can listen to the Spirit and be obedient.

The first way leaves our “barn” clean and looking good, but there is no fruit, no toil, no harvest.

The second way has messes to clean up, broken things to fix, animals for which to care, fields to plow, etc. But there is also a harvest that is coming to those who really enter God’s workforce.

God has sanctified us. We are set apart to do His work. He has given us the keys to His barn and access to His fields. Let’s start plowing!

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