I was reading my daily psalm and proverbs portion when I came across this:
Proverbs 24:27 Prepare your work outside; get everything ready for yourself in the field, and after that build your house.
This just struck me as odd. In my mind, you would have your house first. Shelter would be the first thing you would want to secure and then the field. You can tell I am not a farmer.
The growing process takes more time than the plowing and planting. By waiting to build your house until after the field has been planted, your crops will grow as you build shelter. By the time your shelter has been built, you can harvest your crops and enjoy them in the comfort of your home. That is farming for you.
The word for work is mel-aw-kaw’
From the same as H4397; properly deputyship, that is, ministry; generally employment (never servile) or work (abstractly or concretely); also property (as the result of labor): – business, + cattle, + industrious, occupation, (+ -pied), + officer, thing (made), use, (manner of) work ([-man], -manship).
The reference to H4397 is mal-awk’
From an unused root meaning to despatch as a deputy; a messenger; specifically of God, that is, an angel (also a prophet, priest or teacher): – ambassador, angel, king, messenger.
The word for house is bah’-yith
Probably from H1129 abbreviated; a house (in the greatest variation of applications, especially family, etc.): – court, daughter, door, + dungeon, family, + forth of, X great as would contain, hangings. home[born], [winter]house (-hold), inside(-ward), palace, place, + prison, + steward, + tablet, temple, web, + within (-out).
H1129 is baw-naw’
A primitive root; to build (literally and figuratively): – (begin to) build (-er), obtain children, make, repair, set (up), X surely.
By substituting the meanings, it really changes the message:
Prepare your ministry outside; get everything ready for yourself in the field, and after that build your life (family, children, etc.)
We are all called into the kingdom of God, but not to sit around and enjoy it. No, we are called to work for the kingdom. We are called to have a ministry for the kingdom. Not everyone is called to preach, but there are so many different ministry opportunities that are out there and God has a special one for each of us. But we don’t just start out in our own ministry. We start out in a ministry outside of ours. Someone else’s ministry. There we prepare the field, our lives, for our own ministry. When the time is right, God will move us into that stage where our ministry will be planted and we will tend to it as it grows.
I know several people, including myself, that are waiting for our own ministry. We just need to make sure that we are in someone else’s ministry, preparing for our own, while we wait.