Do You Reap More Than You Sow?

McDonald County Press - - CHURCH - By Kitty Collingsworth

Our sanc­tu­ary was adorned with beau­ti­ful fall flo­ral ar­range­ments as we gath­ered to wor­ship Sun­day morn­ing at Mill Creek Bap­tist Church. Spe­cial prayers were re­quested for Shel­ley’s son and fam­ily, Janet Chaney, Sa­muel Townsend and Neon­tha Hath­cock Reynolds. Doug Cory greeted our vis­i­tors and opened our ser­vice with prayer.

Re­nae Sher­man shared the de­vo­tional, “It Is Well.” She told the his­tory of the orig­i­nal hymn writ­ten in 1873 and the mis­for­tunes of the writer and his fam­ily. What if it isn’t well with your soul when your life is a train wreck? Re­mem­ber that our God is still in con­trol even dur­ing the bad times. We must keep the faith and have a deep hope that the old will pass and the new will come. Philip­pi­ans 4:7 says, “and the peace of God, which sur­passes all un­der­stand­ing, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Je­sus.”

Tyrel Lett asked God’s bless­ing upon the of­fer­tory, and both he and Wayne Holly served as ush­ers. Hymns of praise in­cluded “His Name Is Won­der­ful.” Becky John­son at the pi­ano ac­com­pa­nied Karen Gard­ner, who sang, “It Is Well With My Soul.”

Our pas­tor, Brother Mark Hall, brought us God’s mes­sage, “Faith­ful Farm­ers,” and read 2 Corinthi­ans 9:6, “But this I say: He who sows spar­ingly will also reap spar­ingly, and he who sows boun­ti­fully will also reap boun­ti­fully.” Brother Mark told us that ev­ery­one has planted some­thing, a row of beets or a sec­tion of corn, with the ex­pec­ta­tion of pro­duc­ing the same. “As am­bas­sadors of Christ, we put out our faith with the same ex­pec­ta­tion of pro­duc­ing life. We sow the seeds of the gospel. It’s like study­ing in school. The more we study or sow, the bet­ter the grade we reap. In this coun­try, out­side of a hand­i­cap, there is no rea­son for some­one not to learn if they want to. You can’t pick corn if you don’t plant it. As Chris­tians, we some­times make ex­cuses for not shar­ing our faith. When we wit­ness spar­ingly, we reap spar­ingly.”

Brother Mark made three points in the ser­mon. First, you reap what you sow. “When you plant the gospel, you reap souls. You can sow ev­ery time you talk to some­one. Did you sow spar­ingly? When you sow kind­ness, you reap kind­ness. It is the same with com­pas­sion and for­give­ness.”

Brother Mark told us that, sec­ond, you reap af­ter you sow. “You plant be­fore you can har­vest. We are the work­ers. We are ex­pected to do God’s work. We are to work in God’s fields and sow our seeds of the gospel. You can’t reap un­til you sow.” Scrip­ture ref­er­ence was 1 Corinthi­ans 3:5-9. Verse 9 says, “For we are God’s fel­low work­ers; you are God’s field, you are God’s build­ing.”

And third, Brother Mark told us that you reap more than you sow. “It is like plant­ing zuc­chini and get­ting a truck­load.” He talked about the his­tory of the cir­cuit rider preach­ers. In Matthew 9:37-38, Je­sus says, “The har­vest truly is plen­ti­ful, but the la­bor­ers are few. There­fore pray the Lord of the har­vest to send out la­bor­ers into His har­vest.” Brother Mark told us that, as Chris­tians, if we have com­pas­sion, we would pray for more la­bor­ers. “Ev­ery­one wants to eat at your ta­ble, but no one wants to work in the fields. We need more sow­ers.”

In clos­ing, Brother Mark used the ex­am­ple of his father’s straw­berry patch. “He wanted us to pick them clean but, when we reap what we sow we al­ways need to go back over our rows and catch the ones we missed. Those peo­ple are ready to be picked and har­vested to fol­low Je­sus Christ. We work in our own fields. Do we work in God’s fields? God gives us so much and we give back so lit­tle. Pray for God to give us a heart for the lost and to help us to sow plen­ti­fully so we can reap for the King­dom of God.”

Our hymn of in­vi­ta­tion was “Bring Them In,” and Wayne Holly gave the bene­dic­tion.

Ev­ery­one is in­vited to at­tend Mill Creek Bap­tist Church on Sun­day morn­ings to wor­ship. Sun­day school be­gins at 10 a.m. and wor­ship ser­vice at 11 a.m. Mill Creek Bap­tist Church is lo­cated three and one-half miles east of Noel, just off High­way 90. For in­for­ma­tion, call 417-4757633 and leave a mes­sage.

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