Harvesting is in full swing around our town. Every day, combines and farm trucks crawl through another corn field. Our Concord grapes have reached their peak and are being turning into jellies. Bowls and bowls of tomatoes from the garden are being processed into salsa to fill the freezer for the next year. Oh, and should I mention the fields of bright orange pumpkins? (I’m looking forward to roasting the seeds!)

Like the people in the Bible, we are familiar with physical fields. Plow. Plant. Water. Weed. Wait. Weed again. Harvest. And we are familiar with the concept of sowing and reaping. What you plant is what you harvest. What you do to others in life is what you’ll end up with later.

But, there’s another aspect to fields that I hadn’t paid much attention to until studying the concept of inheritance with a large group of women at our church (and gleaning many insights from Beth Moore via video).

I have fields. Not just a random piece of land, but something specifically set aside for me to work. Paul wrote to the church in Corinth about “the field God has assigned to us” (2 Cor. 10:13b NIV) And David wrote, “LORD, you have assigned me my portion and my cup … the boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places” (Psalm 16:5-6 NIV)

So, I’ve been thinking a lot about what my fields are. Not literal dirt. But things like my faith, family, work, and neighborhood. The gifts, talents and money God has given to me, expecting me to do something with to make Him famous on the Earth.

These deep thoughts about my fields bring up a few other uncomfortable questions. Have I been doing a good job plowing, planting, weeding, watering, and harvesting them. Or have I’ve neglected them. Or have I’ve spent too much time wishing I had someone else’s field?

Then again, as one woman in our study reminded us, the grass may be greener on the other side, but it still needs to be mowed.

What about you? What fields are in your life? Are they growing well or lying dormant? Do you appreciate them or wish you could trade them in?

My Fields
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