Make Hay While the Sun Shines

by | April 15, 2024

I was introduced to making hay in my mid-teens on a hot summer day in Indiana. It was by far some of the hardest work I had done to date, but it will forever be etched in my mind as a really good memory.

I was reading in John 9 and verses 4-5 really challenged my heart:

“I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”

Jesus was talking about doing His Father’s will in the time frame that He had. When I made hay with a wise farmer, I soon learned that there was a window of time that you had to bale hay. If it was too wet, the hay would mold and even begin decomposing. If you baled the hay too dry, the leaves would fall from the stems of the alfalfa plant, and you would be left with mostly stubble for hay.

I am challenged and inspired with this thought:
We all only have so much time. We must be diligently pursuing God’s work for our lives.

As Christians, this may look different for each of us in the field we are laboring, but the end result is the same. We are to be building God’s kingdom, bringing people to Jesus, discipling, and spreading the good news. Whether you are a mother with your own little disciples at home, a husband providing for his family and being a witness in the workplace, or a missionary in a foreign field, let’s all get to work and make the most of the time we have.

Be encouraged.


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