Sleeping On The Job, Evans Olang

Matthew 13:24-30, “…The Kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seeds in his field: but while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way”

The bible likens the Kingdom of God to a sower who sowed good seeds in his field. The gospel is the good seed that was sowed in us and the result was repentance and faith. The gospel (good news, good seed) was sowed in well prepared fields. Everything was okay as he natured his seed, dug around it, watered it and watched over it. This is how a Christian life ought to be, a life of hard work. Acts 14:22 “…strengthening the souls of the disciples, exhorting them to continue in the faith, and saying, “We must through many tribulations enter the kingdom of God.” Following Christ is hard work.

In the process of time, the sower fell asleep and stopped watching over his sowed seeds. If we were to look at it in this day and age, he stopped praying, stopped reading the word, stopped going to church and mixing up with believers. He took off the whole armor of God, threw down his sword, and stopped fighting sin. This is what happens when the heart is left unguarded, Proverb 4:23 says, “Keep thy heart with all diligence for out of it are the issues of life”. We are told to keep our hearts with all diligence meaning guard our heart at all times for it is where the issues of life flow. We are told to protect the seed at all cost, fight for the seed, so as not to allow the enemy to plant weeds in our lives. In Jesus parable, the enemy came in and planted doubt, fear, hatred, confusion, lack of patience and many things.. While Jesus was in the garden praying with His disciples shortly before He was arrested, He comes and finds them asleep instead of watching and praying, Luke 22:45-46, “45 When He rose up from prayer, and had come to His disciples, He found them sleeping from sorrow. 46 Then He said to them, “Why do you sleep? Rise and pray, lest you enter into temptation.”

Philippians 2:12,”Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling;” It concerns us above all things to secure the welfare of our souls: whatever becomes of other things, let us take care of our best interests. We must not only work at our salvation, by doing something now and then about it; but we must work out our salvation, by doing all that is to be done, and persevering therein to the end. Though we must use our utmost endeavors in working out our salvation, yet still we must go forth, and go on, in a dependence upon the grace of God. His grace works in us in a way suitable to our natures, and in concurrence with our endeavors; and the operations of God’s grace in us are so far from excusing, that they are intended to quicken and engage our endeavors. All our out working depends upon His working in us.

Have you been guarding the seed like you should or are you sleeping on the job? You sleep and the enemy would be running the show. The sleep does not just happen, it starts with something small like sitting down, before you know it, you are way gone. It’s very hard to tell when you went to sleep but the good thing is that we can wake up from the sleep. Hebrews 12:1, “The night is far spent and the day is at hand: let us therefore cast aside the works of darkness and let us put on the armor or light“. You and I have a job to do, watch and pray. No more sleeping on the job. Blessings Ev

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