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Grace Bible Chapel of Springfield, Illinois
|DECEMBER 1, 2013
|DECEMBER 8, 2013
|DECEMBER 15, 2013
|DECEMBER 22, 2013
|DECEMBER 29, 2013
“They that sow in tears shall reap in joy. He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed,
shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.” (Psa. 126:5, 6)
In Psalm 126 the children of Israel are reminiscing about their return to the land after their
captivity in Babylon. It had been as if they were in a dream world, filled with laughter and
singing. Even their pagan neighbors had commented on the great things the Lord had done for
Now that they were back in their own land, they had to start planting crops. But this posed a
problem. They had brought back only a limited amount of grain with them. They could use it as
food now; after all, there were no crops in the field for them to harvest. Or they could use it as
seed, sowing it in the ground with the hope of an abundant harvest in days to come. If they
decided to use most of it as seed, that meant that they would have to live frugally and sacrificially
until harvest time. They decided on the latter course.
As the farmer went out into his fields, dipped his hand into the seed, and scattered it broadcast
on the plowed land, he would shed tears at the thought of the privations he and his family would
have to endure until the time of harvest.
But later when the fields teemed with golden grain, his tears would be turned to joy as he
brought the ripened sheaves back to the barn. All the sacrifices his household had made would
be richly rewarded.
We can think of this in connection with our own stewardship of material things. The Lord
entrusts each of us with a limited amount of money. We can spend it in self-indulgence, buying
up whatever our hearts desire. Or by living sacrificially we can invest it in the work of the Lord—
in foreign missions, in Christian literature, in Gospel radio broadcasts, in the local church and in
many other forms of evangelistic activity. In that case it will mean choosing a modest standard of
living so that everything above essentials will go into the work of the Lord. It will mean living on
a restricted budget so that souls will not perish for want of the Gospel.
But any such sacrifices will not be worth mentioning when the time of harvest comes, when we
will see men and women in heaven as a result of our sacrificial living. One person saved from
hell to become a worshiper of the Lamb of God for all eternity is worth any sacrifice we can make
Philip Dossett will be the Speaker at our 11 A.M.
Family Bible Hour on Sunday, December 15,
2013. Phil and his wife Anne are the parents of
four grown children and grandparents to eleven
grandchildren. Their son Mark and his wife Karen
served as missionaries in Vienna, Austria for
many years. Phil serves as an elder and Sunday
school teacher of one of our adult elective
classes. He and Anne have fellowshipped at
Grace Bible Chapel since the mid 1950s.