The Christian’s work can also be compared to farming. A Christian must sow the seed and cultivate the growing plants. One of Paul’s main emphases in 2 Timothy 2:6 is on hard work and diligence, which he hopes will be a part of Timothy’s pattern as a worker. A farmer simply cannot develop a good crop with minimal effort.
In order to work as a farmer, we must persevere. James said, “Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain.” (5:7). This reference to the reward due the hard-working farmer is paralleled in 1 Corinthians 9:10-11 where Paul speaks of rewards due for his service performed.
We are hopefully all going to be ones who will work diligently as a farmer. Would you be willing to work this hard? Romans 12:1-2 says, “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” There will be no excuses with God.
An interesting question to consider is would someone go to battle with you against the devil? If not, then maybe you need to question your dedication to God. Remember, you will not be able to hide from God (Hebrews 4:13). If you would like a study to help you build your dedication to God, please contact us.