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By Jerroll Martens, chaplain

Newton Presbyterian Manor

“Where no oxen are, the crib is clean: but much increase is by the strength of the ox.” Proverbs 14:4

This metaphor is from the life of a farmer. The ox was used to pull ground-tilling implements in preparing the soil for planting. The farmer could go out with a spade and work the soil, but the ox could do so much more. However, the ox needed a crib in which to live and be nourished.

He was also messy and the crib must be cleaned. The farmer would need to feed and care for the ox, but the much greater crop was more than worth it.

A wise decision.

Do we want our life to yield a good crop? It will take effort, time and energy to live close to God.

It surely begins by receiving the Lord as our Savior and letting Him use our lives. Living for God must be a priority! There will be care and involvement in the lives of others. It may even be messy and difficult. And like the crib, our lives may need some cleaning along the way, but our investment in serving the Lord is so well worth it: a wise decision.

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