Each Monday we are taking a look at the Awaken Code. It’s the why behind what we do…but it’s not just for Awaken Church. Each part is also applicable to our lives.

Code Part 2

We share the weight and the rewards.

We give our time, talents, and energy to further the Gospel, while corporately shouldering the weight of ministry. We believe deeply in the value of a team and invest in our teams and team members accordingly.

In John 4:36, Jesus said, “the sower and reaper may rejoice together.” In other words, regardless of which side you’re on – whether you’re plowing the ground and planting the seeds or reaping the harvest, there’s hard work and celebration.

It’s easy to focus on the “rejoice together” part without thinking through all the hard work it took to get there. After all, we don’t just stand on open land and rejoice for a harvest. Rejoicing comes after the hard work has been put in.

King Solomon put it this way…

Farmers who wait for perfect weather never plant. If they watch every cloud, they never harvest.

Ecclesiastes 11:4 (NLT)

Here’s the point: what we do — in whichever area we serve as part of the Church — it takes time, commitment, and hard work, and the conditions are rarely ideal. We can’t afford to stand around and hope it all works out or wait till it all does. Instead, we seize every opportunity we get, and work hard every moment we have.

Only then do we have a reason to celebrate, as we partner with God to do the work of the ministry…and what a joy that is!

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