Various types of dust and noises of machines, drilling, hammering and what not greet you in what seems to be every nook and corner of the streets of Colombo and its outskirts. Everyone seems to be building or renovating or expanding! I guess Sri Lanka isn’t called a ‘developing’ country for no reason.. it’s always being developing.. present tense that never ends, that never ceases! Oh yes, one high rise building will come to an end and another next door will rear its ugly head of competition bribing the corrupt authorities to be able to build wall to wall and maximise their ‘profits’. Yes, property development with the aim of renting out to short term guests from overseas is the “in thing” so that they can get a thumping amount of money in short periods. Oh yes, advertisements are filled with ‘suitable for foreigners’ including the ‘kalu suddhas’ (the black whites – as in the Sri Lankans who migrate in adulthood and become “whites”). These are the people who can’t go anywhere without a bottle of mineral water, sun glasses on their heads – no no, I mean faces – and toilet tissue rolls in all their luggage not to mention the selfie sticks too!
This crazy development leaves the middle class families desperate for decent accommodation as it’s all meant for the ‘foreigners’ aka the ‘rich’. If the locals are to rent to locals, then it’s most likely with an exhorbitant amount of advance payment so that the owner can pay the loans incurred in building and perhaps build more. Yes the deposit of the tenant vanishes in no time… and you can complete the sentence here!
Do Christians do this too? Oh no way… would they be so selfish? After all, doesn’t the Bible say that selfish ambition is an act of the fleshly nature? Aren’t believers called to offer hospitality without grumbling? Isn’t Scripture full of ‘one another’ and ‘as yourself’ statements? Do unto one another as others would do unto you.. and yes, I guess what we sow is what we reap!
Talking about reaping, the ‘baas’ (the workman aka labourer) is a man in demand as there are so many construction sites out there. The contractors have a hard time to secure a baas… and it makes me wonder how long it would take before these owners will have to put their heads on their hands with heavy loans and no income given the abundance of buildings for foreigners.
So yes, even if someone isn’t a skilled labourer, they become self appointed skills… If you own the tools (or can borrow them), have the gift of the gab and charge less, then you secure an income to cheat the ignorant ones with shabby work… Baas men are popping up from nowhere at a rate to make hay while the sun shines.
How lovely would it be if Christians would follow suite and rise to the situation of the harvest being plenty but no faithful workers? Yes there are too many ‘workers’ like the budding owners of buildings trying to tap into the same pool of tenants..
But imagine if we were to be sincere believers who belong to the Kingdom of God and are thus Kingdom minded following the example of Jesus Christ always going about the Father’s business!
In Jesus’ Words:
“The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest – Luke 10:2
After saying that he planted, Apollos watered but God gave the increases, Paul writes:
Now he who plants and he who waters are one, and each one will receive his own reward according to his own labor – 1 Corinthians 3:8
Later, Paul clarifies the different roles to gather the plentiful harvest keeping in mind the different parts and gifts of the Body of Christ:
Now may He who supplies seed to the sower, and bread for food, supply and multiply the seed you have sown and increase the fruits of your righteousness, while you are enriched in everything for all liberality, which causes thanksgiving through us to God. For the administration of this service not only supplies the needs of the saints, but also is abounding through many thanksgivings to God, while, through the proof of this ministry, they glorify God for the obedience of your confession to the gospel of Christ, and for your liberal sharing with them and all men, and by their prayer for you, who long for you because of the exceeding grace of God in you. 15 Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!
– 2 Corinthians 9:10-13.
Seek God today and allow the Holy Spirit to search your hearts! Whose kingdom are you after? – God’s or your own (which includes your family)? What is your response to Jesus’ calling for labourers? Is it to provide the resources to take the seed (meet the needs of the saints to do the sowing), is it to sow the seed or is it to water the seed? Remember we all operate as one and the increase is not by our own efforts but by God Himself. Yet the saint whose needs are met through the one who is supplying the seed and bread, will respond by praying for that person given the EXCEEDING grace of God in them!
And when we seek FIRST God’s KIngdom AND righteousness, all our needs will be added to us – is a promise that Jesus Himself gives u.
If we sincerely believe, let us step forward in obedience to the calling He has placed on each one of us!