“For here the saying holds true, ‘One sows and another reaps.’ I sent you to reap that for which you did not labor. Others have labored, and you have entered into their labor.” – John 4:37-38 (ESV)
Our lives have eternal value to our Heavenly Father and because of this our life is a constant struggle against those who seek to defy God. In His mercy God did not leave us to struggle alone, but in the community of His Church. This is one of the reasons God commands His people to be the Champions of the fatherless and widow. So that those without a man to protect and guide them won’t be left to suffer alone.
“A Mentor Father is not just obeying God’s command, but following His example by coming alongside a fatherless boy and showing him what a true Christian man looks like. Being obedient will bring struggles; anything that God calls us to do will present obstacles, but the rewards will be even greater. How often do we miss opportunities for ministry because we don’t trust God to take care of the obstacles? You cannot do it, but God can. Will you trust Him to help you do the right thing, even if it’s difficult?” – Pastor David Westmoreland (Vaiden Baptist Church, Vaiden, MS.)
Pastor Westmoreland has seen the obstacles of helping the fatherless, but he has also seen the harvest. When he first came to Vaiden Baptist several years ago it was Jesse Stewart who helped him unload the truck. They talked about Fathers in the Field, even before the church began the ministry, and Jesse was extremely excited.
“The Lord had been working on Jesse’s heart. God has called this man, not just as a Mentor Father but as a voice in the wilderness to get other men to step up. While we wait for more men to answer God’s call the impact Mentor Father Jesse and his Filed Buddy Christian are having in our community is priceless. Serving widows and showing others the love of God – demonstrated in how this man has stepped into the life a fatherless boy.”
“The point of Fathers in the Field is saving a boy from having to deal with the mental anguish of a father not fulfilling his role as Pastor, Provider and Protector. The absence of their earthly father really bothers these young men, even if they don’t know how to express it fully. We have the unique opportunity to minister to them before they realize it’s a problem, to help them heal.”
We plant seeds to bring harvest. We might not see that harvest in our time on earth, but we trust God to bring a full harvest from the seeds we plant.
“Then [Jesus] said to his disciples, ‘The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.’” Matthew 9:37-38 (ESV)
Are you planting seeds? Are you harvesting?
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