In the Scriptures, the metaphor used to illustrate the advancement of the Kingdom is primarily agrarian. First century agriculture, as an industry, seems frustratingly inefficient, which is why its incredibly accurate. Sometimes the soil is good, the time is right and fruit is inevitable (Mark 4:8). Other times the seeds have virtually no chance - the conditions simply won’t allow it (Mark 4:4-7). Still other scenarios suggest that God allows both good and bad growth to happen along side each other (Matt 13:30).
The restricted-access areas where we work prove these descriptions to be spot on. This is difficult work, even under ideal conditions; much less corrupt governments, arbitrary policies and spiritual warfare.
These agricultural word pictures shape both our physical approach and spiritual posture. Like a farmer who plows the fields and pulls the weeds - there has to be a mixture of skill, knowledge and proximity that is vital. And yet simultaneously, there is a complete reliance on the Lord to provide growth.
Uttermost Sports lives at the intersection of skillful strategy and total dependence, working the land in less-than-ideal conditions, praying for rain...
"And he said to them, “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
Bubby Bryan, DOC