At the beginning of the year, my pastor, Dr. Paul Chappell, encouraged the men in our church to read the book Buy the Field by Rob Fleshman.
I have spent the last few months reading this book in my spare time. It is an easy read, and it has challenged me.
I grew up playing sports. My step-dad was my baseball coach for several years, and I heard a lot about potential. “That kid has a lot of potential.” “He’s not playing to his potential.” “If you don’t put the work in at practice, you will never reach your potential.” This is a similar concept to the theme of this book-living up to our potential for Christ.
Pastor Fleshman shows us through Scripture that God wants us to “buy the field.” God has a “field,” a plan, a purpose, and a potential, for each and every one of us. It is up to us whether we buy that field or not.
Buy the Field has challenged me to not sell myself short when it comes to serving God. I need to seek to know God’s will and to pursue it with all my strength. Too many people coast through life not wanting to push too hard. This is not God’s will. God wants us to have the dings, scrapes, and scratches that come with working hard. That is why he provides a new, perfect body for us in Heaven.
Imagine if every Christian did everything that God wanted them to do. Our world would be a drastically different place.
There are 3 main parts to this book that are applicable to whatever stage of life you are in:
1. Find God’s Will
For those who are just starting out or are not sure what direction to go, Pastor Fleshman spends three chapters talking about finding God’s will. How can you pursue something when you don’t know what it is you are pursuing?
The first step of God’s will for each and every person is the same. God’s will is that everyone would be saved.
“The Lord is not slack concerning his promise [of salvation], as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” – 2 Peter 3:9
If you have not put your faith in Jesus Christ and trusted him to save you from an eternity in Hell, you can do that today! Find out more about how you can have a relationship with Christ and begin to follow God’s Will.
2. Follow God’s Will
So, you have an idea of what God wants you to do with your life. What now? The next section shows us how we can effectively follow God’s will. It shows us that God’s will is going to cost us. It is not for the faint at heart. The title of the book is Buy the Field not Receive the Field or Your Entitlement to the Field or Vacationing in your Field. It also shows us how to see the fruit of our field.
3. Finish God’s Will
God’s will is not a sprint. It is a marathon. For anyone who has run a marathon, you know that you need to persevere through many difficulties in order to finish.
There are times in our lives that we will face obstacles as we are following God’s will. We will grow weary. We will not see any fruit of our labor. In the last section of this book, Pastor Fleshman encourages us to finish. He provides principles from God’s Word that help those who are facing a trial whether it be a small bump in the road or a giant mountain to climb to finish.
I highly recommend that every person, get a copy of Buy the Field. Rob Fleshman weaves together Scripture to challenge and help Christians buy their field. Everyone can improve and push forward in their Christian life, and Buy the Field is a great tool to get you to that next level. You can purchase this book on Amazon.
Matthew Brown is a law student at the University of Akron School of Law. He has a passion for religious liberty and constitutional law and a desire to see the nation strengthened through strong Christian churches, Christian families, and Christian individuals. You can connect with him on Twitter at @MattBrown1575.
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