Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Profit of the Land

9 Moreover the profit of the land is for all; even the king is served from the field.
(Ecclesiastes 5:9, New King James Version)

Profit of the Land

What an interesting little verse tucked away in Ecclesiastes 5. Coming from the Midwest, the profit of the land is a very real thing to me. Just a few minutes from town, the roads are surrounded by corn, soybeans, and wheat fields.

We hear much about the cities, and rightly so, as they seem to be the lifeblood of the nations, but without the land bearing crops, where would the city be? As this verse tells us, even the king is served from the field.

What implications does this have for us as children of God? Often, if we do not have an executive position or career, we may feel as though we are a lesser person. Our lowly life is not really all that important. What if we are just a factory worker or a farmer? Does that mean that our job is less important and that our ministry for Christ is also less important?

Absolutely not! First of all, the executives--even the leaders of the nations, need the products produced in factories, and the food produced from the land. God made each person unique; one person is not worth more in the sight of God than another due to their financial situation.

What does matter to God? Man looks on the outward appearance, but God looks on the heart. Every single Christian has a unique God-given ministry to fulfill. As Christians, it is our duty, even more, our joy to read and study God's Word that we may develop an even closer relationship with the Lord. As our hearts are bound to Christ, so God will use us wherever we are to be a testimony to the unsaved all around us.

The profit of the land is important to every person in a nation, and every person in a nation is important to that nation. So, too, every Christian is important to God.

Let us pray this day that, no matter what our career or occupation may be, we may be found faithful in the unique ministry that God has given to each one of us.

God Bless You,
Linda

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