Post by Joshua Vermett
I enjoy sitting at the dinner table with my family and sharing in a meal prepared by my loving wife. I could easily fall victim to the trappings of gluttony when it comes to my wife’s cooking! She pours her heart and soul into each meal. She looks into the faces of those gathered, observing to see the pleasure come across their faces as they lose themselves in the carefully prepared flavors. Only then does she take part in the meal, satisfied that all the preparations, and all the work paid off, that alone pleasing her more than the meal itself.
This meal was not done by her alone, as there were many unseen hands that worked to get all the ingredients to our local grocer. From the hands in the field, prepping the soil for planting, to the hands stocking the shelves. A multitude of people working for themselves, and their families’ next meal, each connected with an invisible thread.
Jesus told a gathering of people many parables. One that comes to mind now is that of the sower. In Matthew 13 he tells us that without good ground, a seed will not produce good roots. Without good roots, the plant easily dies away, without producing a harvest. In this telling, he revealed to his disciples the meaning, stating that it was synonymous with the way people would react to hearing and learning the word of God. Some hear, and immediately react with joy. They haven’t a full understanding, and the joy is lost at the first sign of trial, while the others try to understand, but are choked out by the worlds tribulations. Then there are those whom have a good understanding and carry the knowledge with them. These then are able to teach it and spread the joy. This is the fruit Jesus wants us to produce.
In regard to First Mission, the fields are being tilled for a new crop. The only way for the ground to become “good” is with the correct balance of minerals and nutrients. This is exactly what we help do. The pastors that graduate are gifted with the tools they need to till new ground, and plant the seed for the next crop. All of them working for a common goal. Each and every one want a place at the table, so we can look into the face of Jesus, as he takes pleasure in the harvest we all helped in making.
Have a Blessed Day!!
Josh works on the board for First Mission and lives in Lapeer Michigan with his wife and 2 children.
Andrew is president of First Mission. He lives in Lapeer Michigan with his wife and 2 children.
Jon is a pastor living in Caro Michigan where he lives with his wife and 4 children.