I have been struggling of late in my walk with the Lord, wrestling and tussling with Him yet still, somehow, obeying Him. I find the discipline all encompassing, and together with the resistance from the world and its persecutions, I feel overwhelmed.
For “every way of a man is right in his own eyes,” says Proverbs 21:2. And it’s true. Everyone thinks they are right and that they are in the right. Everyone complains when things don’t go their way, but do they search into why that may be the case or do they merely expect to get what they think is rightfully theirs?
It is this great and grand sense of entitlement that is what is sorely awry with this world. Everyone wants something for nothing. Everyone expects. Yet few understand that for expectations to be met, respective seeds ought to have already been sown sometime earlier. Everybody expects. These are the workers of iniquity that Jesus professed, in Matthew 7:23.
“And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.”
“But wisdom is justified of her children”, says Jesus in Matthew 11:19. Everyone is wise before their own eyes. Or, everyone seems able to justify their own behaviour. It seems possible, I would suggest, for people to rationalise just about anything and from any given vantage. That sentiment is especially prevalent today.
Everyone expects. But no one wants to sow.
Everyone expects. But few are willing to labour.
“The harvest is plenteous, but the labourers are few,” the Lord says in Matthew 9:37, registering many levels of meaning, I guess, not least of which the spiritual harvest of souls in these latter days. But it registers with me also on a much more basic level.
In 2 Thessalonians 3:6-10, Paul says:
“Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye withdraw yourselves from every brother that walketh disorderly, and not after the tradition which he received of us. 7 For yourselves know how ye ought to follow us: for we behaved not ourselves disorderly among you; 8 Neither did we eat any man’s bread for nought; but wrought with labour and travail night and day, that we might not be chargeable to any of you: 9 Not because we have not power, but to make ourselves an ensample unto you to follow us. 10 For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.”
Everyone expects to eat, but no one is willing to bring in the harvest.
Everyone wants to be waited on, hand and foot.