Friday is for Heart Songs
“Parables for a Sleeping Church”
(Video Version HERE)
All of these parables are being story-boarded now and eventually, all of these modern day parables will be made into videos for use in churches who want to stimulate their people to make disciples of the nations.*
Hear then, . . .
The Parable of the Forgetful Farmer
A farmer went out to his fields and the harvest was ready. He revved up his combine and made one, then two, then three passes through his corn. At the end of his third pass, he knew that his bin was full and when he got to the end of the row, he turned and lined up his combine to make yet another pass.
But before he did, and because he was a religious man, he decided to thank God for the bounty of his harvest and so he turned his engine off, pivoted in his seat and examined the corn behind him. And from a heart filled with gratitude he cried out: “Thank You oh God, for the increase in this field. You have been good and You have supplied all our needs for another season. I give You praise and marvel at Your mercy and love. Thank You for all Your kindness and goodness. Amen.”
Approximately two hours later our farmer was still sitting in his combine, still gazing appreciatively at the corn in the bin of behind him. He hadn’t offloaded it to a truck for storage or distribution, but he did have a thorough measure of its value.
Two hours later, the combine had not moved; the farmer hadn’t either. He still stared at the corn in the bin, and when the sun went down, his family, believing he had had a breakdown of some kind, called the paramedics and carted him away to the hospital.
Mysteriously, he forgot the rest of the harvest. He had lost his health while staring at the corn in the bin of his combine and neglecting the harvest in his fields.
Let he who has ears to hear, hear what the farmer’s story teaches the churches of America.
Cf. John 4:35 and Luke 10:2
* This parable is in no way an attempt to improve upon the words of Jesus. It is simply an attempt to apply the import of the words of Christ to our lives today.
© 2013, Marty Schoenleber