Suppose you were approached to invest in a new business, etc. Amid the conversation (Sales Pitch) the leader of the planned enterprise stated, “I sure hope you will join with us in this venture. I honestly doubt if it will work, but if it does, if the government leaves us alone and if my thoughts are better than my advisers say, it will prove to be money well invested.”
If a young preacher came to town and announced he wanted to start a new church. In his pitch to potential members he assured them he had no experience and thought the “old heads” knew less than he, and seemed sad because his own parents would have nothing to with him, and furthermore admitted that he knew nothing about the Bible, but would use a bit here and there and if he agreed with it, and would put into his plan. Would you run to be among the charter members?
Strange as it may seem such a man did the exact thing years ago in Indianapolis. His name was Jim Jones. He later moved to San Francisco and even later to Guyana, South America. He really had a thing for Koo-Aid.
Notice this brief but important verse 1Cor. 9:10 “Or does He say it altogether for our sakes? For our sakes, no doubt, this is written, that he who plows should plow in hope, and he who threshes in hope should be partaker of his hope.”
The truth that is being taught concerns the proper manner of paying clergy, and in so doing also observes the principle as to why people work. If I am to work, I must believe there is a point in working, thus the illustration of the agrarian society. If you think preparing the ground, sowing the crop, keeping the weeds down and the other work leading to the harvest is wasted, you probably won’t waste the effort. You and I know that if the paycheck was not going to be there at the end of the week, you would probably go fishing. I would write as this may be the one!
In the verse you see the engine that drives upward mobile people and societies. We offer our labor, our brains, and our ingenuity in hope! We should have the hope of making a discovery that will benefit all, or at the least earn enough to care for the wife and kids.
For many years people understood that if we did not offer something in the form of labor, or expertise, etc., society owed us nothing. And this is as it should be. It is not fair to take by force of law the fruits of a person’s offering of his/her time, treasure and talent.
As to pessimism or optimism, I’ll take the latter, every time.
“Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.” Helen Keller.
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