22 March 2013
This meditation is based on Ecclesiastes 11:6
Ecclesiastes 11:6 In the morning sow your seed, And in the evening do not withhold your hand; For you do not know which will prosper, Either this or that, Or whether both alike will be good.
The context of Ecclesiastes talks about trying to get satisfaction from things of this world, such as money, relationships and work, through your own self effort.
Things of this world are not meant to satisfy our hearts because we were designed to be satisfied through a relationship with Christ. Once we have Christ in our hearts we are satisfied. When we are satisfied we are able to enjoy all those good things in the world that God wants to bless us with. The bible tells us that it is God who gives the gift to enjoy our work and wealth.
Ecclesiastes 5:19 Furthermore, as for every man to whom God has given riches and wealth, He has also empowered him to eat from them and to receive his reward and rejoice in his labor; this is the gift of God.
If we try to find satisfaction or success in the world, through our own self-effort, without Christ, we are gambling because we will never know which of our efforts will succeed.
For example, a mom may try teaching her child God's law through self effort (sowing) but it may result in failure if the child grows up and turns away from the Lord. The mom does not get to reap what she sowed.
Another example, a man may work really hard (sowing) at his job in hopes of getting promoted. However, even though he is the most qualified man, another employee gets promoted instead. So the man did not get to reap what he sowed.
That is why without Christ we must sow "here and there" and all day long because some of our efforts will fail. We don't know which one will be successful. But when we are in Christ, we do not have to work to be successful. Instead, we can rest. We can trust in Jesus. He did the things we cannot do. He is the fulfillment of the law.
Mathew 5:17 "Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.
Jesus was the one who sowed "here and there." He did it to guarantee our success. When we rely on Jesus' finished work for our success or satisfaction, there is no gambling because we know that we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. Christ at the cross sowed his sinless life so we can reap his righteousness.
2 Corinthians 5:21 God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
He became a curse so we can be blessed.
Galatians 3:13 Christ redeemed us from the curse of the Law, having become a curse for us-for it is written, "Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree"
When we receive the finished work of Jesus Christ we have guaranteed success because in our weaknesses his grace super abounds.
God's law was given so that all people could see how sinful they were. But as people sinned more and more, God's wonderful grace became more abundant.