It’s Like Farming

It’s Like Farming

I’m not a farmer. But I know enough about farming to appreciate what Paul wrote in 2 Timothy 2:6: “It is the hard-working farmer who ought to have the first share of the crops.”

Gospel ministry, Paul writes, is like farming. The work of entrusting the gospel to others and establishing a church is just plain hard work.

How is pastoring like farming? In his commentary on 2 Timothy, Bryan Chapell writes that the farmer’s life involved:

  1. early and long hours because he could not afford to lose time;
  2. constant toil (plowing, sowing, tending, weeding, reaping, storing);
  3. regular disappointments—frosts, pests, and disease;
  4. much patience—everything happened at less than slow motion; and
  5. boredom.

Any of this sound familiar? Don’t be surprised. It’s supposed to be like this! Having realistic expectations is so important if we’re going to last.

But stay at it. It’s worth it in the end.

It’s Like Farming
Darryl Dash

Darryl Dash

I'm a grateful husband, father, oupa, and pastor of Grace Fellowship Church Don Mills. I love learning, writing, and encouraging. I'm on a lifelong quest to become a humble, gracious old man.
Toronto, Canada