By Ken Blue
“Where no oxen are, the crib is clean: but much increase is by the strength of the ox.” Proverbs 14:4
No doubt, one’s vision and philosophy is reflected in how sanitary the barn is. The attitude of some is, “My barn may be empty, but it is clean.” That is not something to be proud of. Animals always track in dirt. The more animals you have, the more dirt you can expect. However, those who track in the dirt are the same ones who do the work. They feed the cows, slop the hogs, pay the bills and provide your bread and butter.
[pullquote align=”right” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]The animals must be fed, comforted, loved and cleaned up after.[/pullquote]
If you want the farm to increase, you must stop attacking the animals. Instead, they must be fed, comforted, loved and cleaned up after. If you don’t want people of other races, other political persuasions, children and teachers of public schools, or anyone else who may defecate in your barn, just attack them when they arrive. They won’t be back, but you will have clean stalls.
Some pastors and evangelist seem dedicated to keeping the barns clean and empty. It’s your call. You can have the increase from the animals or you can be clean and empty, but you can’t have it both ways.
Pastor Ken Blue was born in Boswell, Ark. In 1955 he accepted Christ as his Savior. He and his wife Joyce were married in 1955. They have 5 children. He graduated from Midwestern Baptist Bible College in 1969 and started the Open Door Baptist Church in Lynnwood, Wa. where he pastored for 39 years. Because of health issues (ALS) he was forced to resign as pastor. It is his desire to continue to be used of God to help pastors and believers through this ministry.