Proverbs 24:30, 31
I went by the field of the slothful, and by the vineyard of the man void of understanding; And, lo, it was all grown over with thorns, and nettles had covered the face thereof, and the stone wall thereof was broken down.
Many of us have greater expectations of return than the effort we put forth. I never will forget the guy who told our old time golf pro at our golf course, “I can’t make a putt to save my life.” The golf pro kindly told him, “there’s a putting green over there and I’ve never seen you on it!” Our spiritual lives are no different. We who are saved by the blood of Jesus Christ have a cultivated, prime piece of farm land which has the ability to yield an abundance crop of spiritual blessings and a witness of His saving power to a lost world. However, the crop must be planted, watered, weeded, and “worked” in order to produce such an abundant harvest. The land of the slothful produces thorns and nettles when left to neglect. Similarly, the yield of a neglected spiritual life is an abundance of thorns and nettles. When we neglect service, study and prayer, our “spiritual land” will produce but the harvest will be of discontent, disappointment, and a feeling of confusion. I pray for a life more dedicated to Christ. Solomon saw the land of a neglected owner as it was abound with waste. I pray my neighbors will see a great harvest and notice the difference my “fertilizer” made! The putting and chipping practice area is always open and usually empty!