Today’s reading in Proverb 14:4 states, “Where no oxen are, the manger is clean, but much revenue comes by the strength of the ox.” I enjoyed having clean barns. They were neat and tidy. The air was significantly easier to breath. The work was notibly less. And there were no animals to break fences, soil the floors or need feeding.
Of course, my father was not as attracted to clean barns as I was. He, being wiser, understood that clean barns are an indication of a lack of income. If there are not animals and the ‘evidence’ they leave behind, there is also not revenue. What Prov. 14:4 communicated to me this morning is that anything worth doing, anything productive, is messy.
Your life can be neat and tidy. You can avoid the offensive smells of the world. You can take your ease....but are you being productive in Kingdom work? People work is not clean. Reaching others for Christ causes you to come into contact with broken lives and hungry people. Working for the Kingdom means long hours, late nights and walking through painful circumstances. It means facing your own ‘grime’ and allowing Christ’s character to produce fruit in and through you. Work hard producing for the Kingdom and forsake sweet-smelling, easy lives. There are more important things than ‘clean barns’!