Whats the goal: clean life or fruitful life? 1.20.11, 1.21.11 & 1.23.12

by Aaron K.

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Whats the goal: clean life or fruitful life? 1.20.11, 1.21.11 & 1.23.12

Without oxen a stable stays clean, but you need a strong ox for a large harvest. Proverbs 14: 4

When the messiness of life gets tiring…this verse is always so encouraging. Our flesh longs for the clean, easy, peaceful life…a clean barn with no oxen and no mess to clean up. Why is that I wonder? When we know that strength of character and a fruitful harvest is found in over coming the difficult challenges of life. A strong ox is needed for a large harvest, but with the ox comes a dirty barn full its mess. The greater the harvest, the more oxen that are needed…which means more of its mess to shovel. The truth is…times of ease are huge liabilities to our character, when resistance and challenges in life are disguised assets. The greater the harvest, the greater the amount of work and the greater the mess… the clean easy life produces little if any fruit. Action. My sons, a great-godly, fruitful life is continual hard work and is messy, but know that it fosters strength of character and fruitfulness by which the world around you is nourished and blessed. A clean easy life is a lazy mans empty goal that reeks of selfishness…the blessed life of the servant is found in hard work and cultivation of strong godly character.