I’ve never enjoyed taking care of my lawn. I don’t hate it, but it’s never been something I look forward to. Consequently, my lawn isn’t very impressive. Earlier this summer I decided to get serious about making my front yard look good instead of simply maintaining it. I bought some fertilizer and weed killer (a very painful $70) and spread it out every week for several weeks in a row.
I didn’t see any immediate improvement. In fact it got worse because all the weeds turned brown, which was the majority of my lawn. But after about 3 weeks, it started to improve. 2 months later, it was the first time that I’ve been proud of my yard. Recently, I’ve started to enjoy taking care of it, because I’m seeing the benefit of my labor.
I hope you see the analogy that I’m making here, and that my goal isn’t to bore you with lawn care tips and tricks. The principle is simple. The greater your investment, the greater your return. More than that, positive results affect your attitude and motivation to continue your investment.
We can’t make a minimal investment and expect a big return.
2 Corinthians 9:6 says “Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously.” Although Paul is talking about financial giving in this text, the same principle is true with our devotion to God. The more obedient we are to God’s Word, the more blessing God brings into our lives. I’m not saying that we earn our salvation by our actions, but God does bless obedience. (Read Deuteronomy 28)
As we experience the reward that comes from our obedience to God, following Him becomes a delight, not a burden. It becomes the focus of our lives, not just an activity on Sunday mornings.
I would encourage you to contemplate other areas in life that you can apply this principle to, and ask yourself what changes you can make to increase your investment.
Scripture of the week – Romans 12:1
Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God- this is your spiritual act of worship.