Do you ever wonder how to work less yet get the same or more done? Perhaps you’re spending a lot of time marketing your business or creating content or even time doing administrative work but you still don’t have the results in your business to show for it.
The Bible actually talks about this very thing with the parable of the sower where the farmer begins putting seeds in all sorts of environments. You have to realize that he’s a farmer so his business is sowing seeds and reaping harvests. It’s easy for a farmer to drop seeds anywhere, however, if you’re truly looking for a harvest, you have to know where to “sow your seeds” or in our case, where to spend our time and efforts.
There are many applications for this spiritual principle, so the one I’d like to share with you today is about productivity and reaping bigger harvests for your effort.
Here’s what the parable says:
Matthew 13:3 Then he told them many things in parables, saying: “A farmer went out to sow his seed. 4 As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up .5 Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. 6 But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. 7 Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants. 8 Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop—a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.
From this parable, what do you begin to see about productivity and effectiveness?
Focusing on the right things helps you work less and reap bigger harvests
As Christians in business, our job isn’t to consume ourselves in our business so much that we lose the very reason God gave us the business. Unfortunately some of us work way too much, way too hard or work too many hours to the detriment of our own families, ministries and especially our relationship with God.
When this happens, we have made our business an idol as we dedicate ourselves more to the blessing than to the one who blessed us.
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When we take an inventory of how we spend our time though, where our attention goes, and how effective we are in the work that we do, it’s at that point where the harvest truly begins to reveal itself in our businesses simply because we removed all the distractions and negative environments keeping us from our purpose.
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How can you start working less? What can you stop doing today to focus on what truly brings the harvest?
Share your thoughts in the comments below. Would love to hear your productivity tips and questions.