Gaining by Living Diligently - Ecclesiastes 11: 6-7
April 12, 2023, 9:06 AM

6. Sow your seed in the morning, and at evening let not your hands be idle, for you do not know which will succeed, whether this or that, or whether both will do equally well.  7. Light is sweet, and it pleases the eyes to see the sun.

Giving "IS" possible because we have something to give. All that we receive is a gift from above, but partly those blessings come through our work. Good work is rewarded with the fruit of our labor, whether it be by a paycheck or good crops. Living diligently is facing the tasks regularly and faithfully until they are accomplished.

Farmers wouldn't get far if they always waited for perfect days to do their field work or work at the most convenient times. Get at your tasks. Keep at it. Set goals. Pray about them. Be diligent whether or not you can ever be sure of the outcome. There are many things we cannot control but what we do have some measure of control over is how well we do our work. Faith involves doing our best realizing God understands all things. We don't. We don't know which will succeed. Do not let your hands be idle. Try some things and if they don’t work try something else. Keep at it.

We plant the seed and after many days it will most likely produce. A generous planting will give you generous yield. Heb. 6:10 says, "God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them." God will reward your kindness. He will not forget if it is with an open heart, not a greedy one.

Believer, are you daily sowing the good seed of the Word. Be confident that someday it will take root and spring up in sinners’ hearts. There is the harvest and it is sure.

Make friends everywhere with all and you will have friends. Look for opportunities to spread the Word. Your time, talents, and generosity will be rewarded.

Jesus put it another way in Matt. 10:42 "And if anyone give a cup of cold water to one of these little ones because he is my disciple, I tell you the truth, he will certainly not lose his reward."

A giving person is a growing person. Be diligent in your tasks and in your giving and God will bless you as well as others.

Application:Today sow a seed in whatever way you can – an act of kindness or just a kind word. Whenever possible include God’s Word, which is living and active and will never return empty.

Prayer:  Lord, I want to sow seed for Your Kingdom growth. Help me to not be so concerned about planning, but rather just do and trust You for the outcome. In the mighty name of Jesus I yield this to You.