If you are diligent in your commitment to the Lord, one way to test your Christian identity is to ask yourself: "Am I willing to invest my time and effort in the lives of others? Am I willing to be a soldier on active duty? Am I willing to run the race of endurance according to God's rules?"
Most farmers are very hardworking people. They know that in order to have a bountiful harvest, they have to remain committed to their crops and to their land. They can't begin a project, stop halfway through it, and expect to be successful. If you want to reap a harvest, you must be committed.
There is no harvest unless you labor with a willing heart in the things of God.
Farmers can't allow their machinery to fall into disrepair. They can't say, "Well, I don't feel like planting this year, or l don't feel like harvesting my fields." Instead, they must be willing to get up before sunrise to plow their soil and sow their seed. This is why lazy people never make good farmers. You have to be diligent and persistent.
The weather is not always fair. There will be hardships—times when you want to give up—but you must not. If you feel you are not growing in your walk with the Lord, ask yourself whether it is because you have failed to cultivate fields of godly character and desire.
We must never forget that we reap what we sow. If we don't till the soil of godly character and plant the Word of God in our hearts, then we will harvest emotional and spiritual thorns and thistles. There is no harvest unless you labor with a willing heart in the things of God. Ask Him to show you how to apply His principles to your life. The Holy Spirit will grant you understanding when you pray and seek God's face.
Prayer: Lord, forgive me for not cultivating godly character and desire in my life. Help me to keep in step with Your Spirit and to cherish Your Word by reading and applying it to my life. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.
"If we endure, we will also reign with him" (2 Timothy 2:12).