Second Timothy Two: Farmer

Second Timothy Two: Farmer

 

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Up with the dawn and the rooster crow.

Been that way since I don’t know.

Throw a little water on my face.

Get out the door and greet the day.

–The Harvester, Brandon Heath

The teacher is respected by his students.  The soldier is honored by his nation.  The athlete is admired by his fans.

The farmer, on the other hand, has a humdrum life with the vegetables.

Nothing glamorous.

Bring out the sickle
Bring out the pail
Bushel full of wire
And a fork to the bale
Work through the pain in the rain or shine
C’mon y’all we still got time

–The Harvester, Brandon Heath

The farmer rises before the sun for exhausting work.  He carries heavy loads, walks endless fields, and deals with stubborn animals.  In addition to hard labor, the weather fights against him.

Completely grueling.

For all that we’ve grown
How could we forget
Those who don’t know
Or just don’t know yet
Let’s harvest this field
From sunrise to sunset
The Master is coming
We are not done yet

–The Harvester, Brandon Heath

No matter how much produce the farmer grows, he has to continue working every day.  He cannot decide that last year’s crop is enough to last for the rest of his life.

There are no guarantees.

The turning of the season
Is upon us, my friends
Now’s the time
All that was sown
Is there for the reaping

–The Harvester, Brandon Heath

But when harvest comes, it all pays off.  Not only does he have a product to sell for money, but he has the benefit of selecting the finest crops for himself should he so choose.  He gets firsthand benefits of all of his labor.

There is great gain.

The farmer who works hard should be the first person to get some of the food that was grown.

–Second Timothy 2:6

Paul’s final comparison of the Christian life is to the work of a farmer.  It is not glamorous.  It is grueling.  There are no guarantees.

But there is great gain.

And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.

–Galatians 6:9

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