“Much food is in the fallow ground of the poor, and for lack of justice there is waste.” Prov 13:23 (NKJV)
I have been thinking much about this passage lately.
Fallow ground may be fallow for a good reason: it could be a sabbatical year for that field; it could be plowed up for weed control; or, it could be fallow because I am not making the best use of my resources.
In other words, fallow ground is a potentially productive asset that is not producing any return on investment either by deliberate choice or because of neglect. I want to focus on ground that is fallow by means of neglect.
In our urbanized society, we don’t often think of fallow ground yet we have much of it. We often have fallow ground due to our failure to recognize a valuable asset and/or because we are unwilling to do the necessary labor required to make that asset productive.
To put fallow ground to work requires a minimum of two components. First, we need to discern that there is a productive asset in our lives that is, in fact, fallow. Second, we must be willing to do the work necessary to bring that ground into production. If it is a “field” that has been fallow a long time, or never been in production at all, it will take a lot of work.
This work can not be ignored, Jesus said… “For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not sit down first and count the cost, whether he has enough to finish it.”— Luke 14:28 (NKJV)
What fallow ground in your life is not productive for the Kingdom of God?
What are you doing with your greatest asset–your time? Paul tells us to “redeem the time.” Are you redeeming or wasting your time?
How could you advance God’s Kingdom if you were to put this fallow ground (time) into productive use? This takes serious work and commitment. Odds are good your friends (and maybe even your family) will think you have gone “off the deep end.” You’ll have to exchange non-productive uses of time for the hard work of using time in a productive manner. This may mean hours and hours of study and preparation prior to even the start of “plowing” your field.
Are you willing to pay the price? Bill Gates and Warren Buffet won’t have one minute more than you at the start of each day. Will you use your time as efficiently for God’s Kingdom as they do for building wealth which is temporary?
As Christians in today’s world, we are NOT using our time to advance God’s Kingdom. Jesus is not subtle on this topic. We are admonished more than once to put His Kingdom FIRST–everything else in our lives is commanded to come after His Kingdom.
If life ends, and eternity begins, in one of those moments today, will you be found a good steward of using your time to advance God’s Kingdom?
Are you willing to repent and change priorities?
What say you?
“Sow for yourselves righteousness; reap steadfast love; break up your fallow ground, for it is the time to seek the LORD, that he may come and rain righteousness upon you.” Hosea 10:12 ESV
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