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The Workers Are Few

Matthew 9:35-38

35 Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and healing every disease and sickness. 36 When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. 37 Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. 38 Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.”

Big and little sin

When I was a kid, I would sneak in the kitchen and put my little hands in the sugar jar, take a handful and then put it in the mouth. Later, my mom would ask me if I ate the sugar and I would say no, although my whole face is covered with sugar. She would then take the wooden spoon and discipline me. There were times I lied about things which are more serious than eating sugar but the punishment was the same, the wooden spoon ( mwiko).
In this blog today, we will take the context of God as the parent and us being the kids. In the bible God makes it clear that it doesn’t matter what sin you have committed; it is all equal in His eyes. That means, if you lie about eating sugar, in God’s eyes, it is all equal as someone who is a murderer.
As human beings, it is very easy for us to compare ourselves with other people and we might see that we are better than them which will lead us to judging people, which then will lead to pride. For me, if I lied about eating sugar, or skipped school and lied, my mom would discipline me for both with a wooden spoon. When you have committed a ‘big’ sin and another one has committed a ‘little’ sin, God will forgive both. It doesn’t matter whether you have gossiped, killed, sexual immorality, all these can be forgiven by God.

In our eyes, some sins are unforgivable, eg, killing. How does it make you feel that a killer is put in the same class as someone who stole a pencil?

Restful Bliss

I love nature,there is something calming and assuring in the way the trees flow with winds,whistling and sometimes clapping. The flow of waters on the rocky streams,or sometimes just flowing quietly and smoothly. But what I love most is to lie or sit on a well manicured, green land under the shade of a tree and just relax.

Whenever I do this I reflect on Psalms 23:2

He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
Psalms 23:2 KJV

The Lord is concerned with our rest. In the midst of the busyness around us, He encourages us to take rest and reflect. I believe rest is a part of life that cannot be skipped or ignored. No wonder from the Genesis of the world rest was introduced on the seventh day.

Take time to rest from your busy schedules

Take time to rest from your worries and cares

Take time to rest from your pursuits and passions

A restful bliss brings rejuvenating energy and strength to go on. You may not have a budget to go for vacation but do something restful and relaxing often.

There are times in life when I have not practiced this concept of rest in life. Needless to say the results of continued work with no rest is a burnout and a rollercoaster of emotions that affect everything and everyone around me.

Enjoy some restful bliss moments and let me know how it turns out.


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