Consistent and Patient

By the time Nancy and I married, my herd of cattle had expanded to supply a financial cushion for us. Through the years my daddy had always given me a heifer at the conclusion of each summer as a “bonus” for a job well done. He paid me by the hour for working as a tractor driver and a mud man. Additionally, he always rewarded me with a heifer that I could either sell or keep.

I always kept them. I also kept their heifer calves. It was a great lesson in delayed gratification and long-term investment. Daddy took care of them while I just waited for about ten years. I sold the steers and put the money in the bank. I also bought a few things along the way. Still, many of the cattle were available to sell as Nancy and I began our life together.

 I always enjoyed the cattle part of being raised on a farm. There was something peaceful about going “down yonder” to count them. It was exciting to discover a new calf on the ground. I even enjoyed feeding them and chopping ice during the winter. For me, it was more play than work. Daddy would have disagreed. The antics of some of those animals ruined many of his days. We had a bull named Larry Don who tore up more than his share of fences. I digress.

Back to the point of this article. When we consistently invest and patiently wait, things tend to expand and improve. This is true in raising cattle. This is true in saving money. This is true in making disciples. We reach out to others with the love of Christ and the truth of God’s Word. We must continue to do this over an extended period of time through the relationships we build and inside the church where we serve.

According to Galatians 6 we will eventually reap a harvest if we don’t grow weary and quit. Many do just that. Making disciples proves to be such a long-term challenge that they opt out of investing in others and focus on pleasing themselves. Following Jesus requires a long obedience in the same direction in order to reap personal benefits and make legitimate disciples. We must remain steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord.

I Corinthians 15:58, Earl

FBC Happenings

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  • This Sundays Sermon “When the Road Gets Rough” Acts 16:16-24
  • Family Worship and LifeGroups, Sundays at 9:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.
  • Services are being posted on the church website, the church YouTube channel at FBC Weatherford Media, and on the church Facebook page at 9:00 a.m. each Sunday.

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