Get Off The Pew

Devotional

“Those who sow in tears shall reap in joy.”Psalm 126:5

If we are truly focused on God and doing His work, by His mercy, He does not even let us know what a blessing we might be to others. In fact, it is better that we do not know so that God receives the glory.

If we focus on our spiritual “successes,” then we only focus on our circumstances, and we will always be looking for that same experience and begin to think God only uses us when we have those same feelings of success.

The Psalmist here reminds us that we “sow in tears.” Serving God may be difficult at times, and we may never even be recognized here on earth for any efforts we make for Christ. I say to you that this is a better reward! Why? Because the Bible says to “store your treasures in heaven.” For the Christian, our reward is waiting for us in our permanent home, not here on earth. While here on earth, we may “sow in tears,” but we shall “reap in joy” one day.

Psalm 126:6 says, “He who continually goes forth weeping, bearing seed for sowing, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.” When is the last time we as believers cried for our nation, a friend, family member or neighbor who does not know Jesus?

The picture this verse is giving to us is very vivid. When it mentions “sheaves,” what is it saying? Sheaves where bundles of wheat wrapped up and carried on their backs or piled up on a cart. After the harvest, the people would bring them home from the fields. It was hard labor all day every day for a season. They did it even when it hurt to the point of tears. But, when it was time to return home, and all the work was done, they came with piles of sheaves on their backs and on their carts. Their joy was now restored because they could go home and enter into their rest.

What about us? Are we laboring, toiling, and weeping for the lost souls while it is harvest time? Or, are we sitting inside the churches in the pews watching everyone else out in the fields?

“Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.”Matthew 25:23

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