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"SHE'LL WANT TO GO ALL THREE DAYS"

“She’ll Want To Go All Three Days”

A young man came upon a farmer working in his field.  Being excited about finding every opportunity for evangelism, the young man asked about the farmer’s soul: “Are you working in the vineyard of the Lord, sir?”  “Naw, these are soybeans,” the farmer replied.

“You don’t understand,” said the young man.  “Are you a Christian?”  The farmer said, “Nope, my name is Jones.  You must be lookin’ for Jim Christian. He lives a mile south of here.”

The young man tried once again.  “Are you lost?”  “Naw!  I’ve lived here all my life.”  A little exasperated, the young man then asked, “Are you prepared for the resurrection?”  To which the farmer asked, “When’s it gonna be?”  The young man said, “It could be today, tomorrow, or the next day.”  “Well, don’t mention it to my wife, she’ll want to go all three days!”

Did you laugh?  I did.  But even in the silliness of that story, there are good lessons for us.  How would we answer those questions?  Are we working in the Lord’s vineyard, are we lost, are we prepared for the resurrection?

We understand that it all starts with becoming a Christian, a child of God, one who has been saved by the grace of God through faith (Eph. 2:8-10).  Then we must get to work spreading the Gospel, the good news of Jesus Christ (Mark 16:15-16).  All the while, preparing for the resurrection (1 Cor. 15: 50-58).

It is never good to be lost.  The wonderful blessing from God is that Jesus “came to seek and to save the lost” (Luke 19:10).  We cannot help others who are lost while we are lost ourselves.  But when we have been found (saved) by the Lord, it is our duty to assist others to come to know Him in order to be saved.  How passionate are we in doing that?

It is often frustrating sharing the gospel with others, but, as with all things of importance, we must continue to try.  We need to be workers like Paul and Apollos who planted and watered (1 Cor. 3:6), because God will give the growth.  Few things are more depressing than a garden that has been neglected.  Beautiful, flourishing gardens don’t exist by chance, they are the result of hard, sometimes sweaty, work.

Life in the Lord’s kingdom is one of service, not relaxation.  And it is no joke.  We must seriously fulfill our duty by being faithful and by sharing with others the news of God’s glorious grace, mercy and salvation.  There is work that we all can do.

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 “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flames shall not consume you.  For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.”  (Isaiah 43:2-3).