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A farmer who works his land year after year may come upon a period in which he cannot generate an acceptable crop. His best efforts, his prayers, and his knowledge combine to coax from the ground that which is little more than kindling. In response to this, he may change his farming methods, he may plant a different field, and he may even change from his accustomed crop to something else that may be more successful.
However, the one thing he cannot do is abandon his attempts to grow something from that which he plants in the ground. At least he cannot do that and remain a farmer; it would mean he had become weary of his occupation.
Saints have an occupation which is no less tedious than seeding the ground, looking for a grain harvest, and that is seeding truth in hopes of a righteousness harvest. However, unlike the farmer, who may see his field "white for harvest" several times in one year, the saint of God will reap once, when this life is over, and only if he faints not.
The truth is, most folks I know, including that guy I see in the mirror, are not down with striving a lifetime for what will not be received during this life. At least they're not always down with it. Unfortunately, they often continue to go through the motions, hoping no one, including God, notices that their heart just isn’t in it. Instead of trying to convince God that they are still "with the program", it may be better for them to acknowledge their need for the Lord to give them something to get them back on track.
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