The old man and the king

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The old man and the king

A king was riding with his army when he noticed an old man planting a small tree.

He found this very strange, since the tree would take too long to grow and, when it could bear fruit, the old man would no longer be around to eat its fruit.

So the king asked the old gardener why he insisted on such a useless task. To which the man replied: “I am glad to sow, even if I am not the one to reap. Arent we taking advantage today of the trees that were planted many  years  ago? Sowing is what matters. Not reaping.”

The king considered the old mans actions wise and, moved, handed him a bag with many gold coins as a reward for the gardeners wisdom. Anhthankehimsaying:

“See how things are? I have barely just planted this tree and I am already reaping valuable fruit.”

Sowing is optional, but reaping is mandatory. Therefore, be careful what you sow.

“Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith.” (Galatians 6:10)

Bishop Edir Macedo
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    Audrey Brotherson

    10th June 2015

    Yes Bishop, Wise words indeed! I have learnt the value and importance of 'sowing and reaping' I once heard a Bishop say, "You cannot sow oranges seeds today and expect to drink Del Monte orange juice tomorrow" I pray God for the patience to consistently sow so I can reap good fruit. May God bless you.

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    19th May 2016

    " Blessed is the hand that gives than the one that receives". The old man planted the tree regardless of the fact that he knew that wouldn't be around to reap. He gave with an intention of benefiting others

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