Part 5: Marriage, the Family, and Being Laborers in the Kingdom
This morning as I was reading my Bible, Yahweh brought something to my mind, a correlation between the family and being laborers in His Kingdom…and I wanted to share that with you. I know this past week we have hit many different topics as He’s brought us down this journey, but I really felt like that was where He wanted us to go. Like I have said countless times before, I am learning right along with you. I had no idea this was where He was going to lead us when I first felt Him tell me to write about it, but it is with an exceedingly thankful and grateful heart, that He did! We truly serve an awesome God!
Okay, before anymore addo, let’s dig in, shall we? 🙂
I was reading in John 4 where Yahshua is talking with the Samaritan woman at the well about living water, while waiting for His disciples to come back with the food that they went to go purchase. When they come back to Him and offer Him food, He tells them in verse 32 that “I have meat to eat that ye know not of”, he then goes onto explain to them in verse 34 that “my meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work”, then he continues to tell them what that work was. “Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh the harvest? Behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest.”
But He doesn’t stop there. He continues and this is where I’d like to bring your attention to. Starting at verse 36 going to 38, “And he that reapeth receiveth wages, and gathereth fruit unto life eternal: that both he that soweth and he that reapeth may rejoice together. And herein is that saying true, One soweth, and another reapeth. I sent you to reap that whereon ye bestowed no labour: other men laboured, and ye are entered into their labours.”
When you think of a garden, what is the process that one must take? You must till the ground, you must plant the seeds, weed, harvest, and then care for that harvest. The same is in the spiritual realm of laboring in His harvest/Kingdom.
But now I’d like to bring your mind to the marriage of a man and woman, and the family (their offspring).
In a marriage, we can see how each person plays a different role, yet if they pull and work together (rejoice together), they can accomplish much! Yet, if they are constantly fighting or not willing to fulfill the roles Yahweh has given each of them individually, they get no where, do they? Atleast not in the most productive way that they could have.
The same is in the Kingdom of Yahweh! He has made us many members, of just one body. Each of us has a role to play. Like the analogy above with the different aspects of the garden, so we see in the body. And we know that in Ephesians Yahweh tells us that He isn’t speaking about the family (husband, wife, and children), but He was referring to Him and his bride, the church…the body of believers. He uses the physical to point us to the spiritual.
So when I started thinking about the different roles of marriage and how one can’t do it all, it always takes both to make a true marriage, Yahweh brought to my mind that it isn’t just the bringing the harvest in that He is concerned with. That is when the work just really begins. But there is work that has to be done both before and after that point.
Think about what He tells us about children being the strength of their father. We are arrows to be sent out. It made me think about how there’s a lot more work that needs to take place after the harvest is brought it…there’s the nurturing of one’s faith. The caring of the flock. The processing of the harvest, so to speak.
Yet, now go back to the marriage. One of the jobs and purposes of marriage, is to bring forth children. We can see how families are dying out, because this command to bring forth, is being ignored. Now think about the new believers. If we only think about the planting or harvesting, yet not the caring of the actual believers who are produced from the harvest, what happens? They die off. They can’t be ignored or neglected, just like the planting of the seeds, or the weeding, or the harvesting can be ignored.
Do you see precious girls, how we must work together to accomplish Yahshua’s plan? We can’t try to do it all on our own…it’d be impossible! It HAS to take us all pulling and working together, like He designed, in order for it to work! And yes, sometimes (a lot of times) we may never know what our planting will produce. Like John, we may be the ones that Yahshua sends out ahead of Himself, to prepare the fields. Did that mean that John couldn’t still rejoice with Yahshua? Of course not! Did it mean he should have become jealous or envious of Yahshua’s job, because he did a lot of the forerunning for Him? Of course not! He was partnering with Yahshua’s ministry, although he understand clearly what his job was. He realized it was a multi-step process. He embraced his part of that process, and rejoiced with those who took up where he left off, or those who had other steps to complete within that process.
This is why I think it’s so important that we realize that we are many, many, members of the same body. We have to embrace who Yahweh created us to be…and realize that just because the person next door maybe doing something differently, doesn’t make them wrong. They are simply a different member and you need that member, just like they need you! The hand isn’t the foot. The mouth isn’t the ear. The ear isn’t the eye. The heart, isn’t the lungs. The legs aren’ the arms. Yet, can we function to the fullest capacity, with just one or two members? Could we have the leg, without the lungs? What kind of body would that be? It simply wouldn’t be.
The same is concerning the harvest. There are different aspects of the harvest, too. Different aspects of being laborers in His Kingdom. But we have to know what part we have, and give everything we have to fulfilling that job…building that part of the wall that is infront of us! We don’t need to be envious of anothers job, thinking that it’s more glorious than our own. We need to embrace them and what Yahweh has them doing, and know that what Yahweh has us doing, is just as important and just as needed.
And this also brings to mind how we need to be willing to learn from each other. The hand doesn’t necessarily understand how the leg works. It doesn’t have the same insights as the eyes, mouth, nose, lungs, etc. I’m not saying we are to accept every wind of doctrine, sisters. Yahshua gives us a clear command to weigh the spirits, to compare what people say, to His word, to see if they line up. None of us are without sin, no matter how hard we may try to be. But, at the same time, I think we need to start being willing to learn from others and what Yahweh is teaching them…and stop trying to be the entire body. Encourage each member. Pray for each member. Rejoice with each member. It’s so important! We are such a divided body of believers right now, and before Yahshua comes back, I really believe the division has to be taken down! He wants a spotless and pure bride. And it starts with us, not the other person.
This is why I believe He had us stop mid-way through this series to take time to pray, confess, and seek His face. To realize that revival has to start within our own hearts. When you look at the divided body, what you can generally see is people looking for the sin and needle in the other persons life, instead of their own. Yet, is that really what Yahshua teaches us to do in scripture? Isn’t scripture constantly telling us to look within our own heart, first? To get the sin and dross out of our own life? We can’t even begin to minister to others, and use our member to the fullest capacity, until we have gotten the beam out of our own eye. So I challenge you to please continually seek Yahweh’s face in your own life, don’t stop! Let Him cleanse you and purify you. Then He will be able to really use the member that you are, to bless and help another. What would the body be like, if we could strengthen and help each other, overcome what He has already helped us overcome? What would it be like if we could all gather on our knees, in prayer, together? The strength and power that would come! A three-cord fold is not quickly broken, my sisters! There is strength we when get on our knees and seek His face together, just as there is strength in a marriage when a couple is willing to get on their knees together in prayer! Don’t criticize and tear down each other. Pray for one another that you may be healed. And when someone comes to you with a struggle that they are having and asks for prayers, don’t look down on the fact that they are struggling or condemn them for it. Embrace them and realize that you too, struggle. Let’s help each other grow and be strengthened in the power and might of Yahshua! Let’s bend down and offer that weaker vessel, our hand, and help them stand back up. But again, we can only be this to the body, if we first allow Yahweh to bring us to the place that He needs us to be.