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Working Together

Scripture

John 4:36-38

36 “Already he who reaps is receiving wages and is gathering fruit for life eternal; so that he who sows and he who reaps may rejoice together. 37 “For in this case the saying is true, ‘One sows and another reaps.’ 38 “I sent you to reap that for which you have not labored; others have labored and you have entered into their labor.”

Observation

Entering others’ labor to witness about Jesus as Messiah increases joy.

Application

In the last post I said that Jesus, when saying, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me and to accomplish His work.” he meant that doing the will of His Father was what energized him. He said, “Look up! The fields are white for harvest!”. I do think the harvest, Jesus is referring to is the spiritual harvest of human souls who will be worshipers. The parable of the wheat and tares comes to mind. The wheat represents those with saving faith: true worshipers. The tares represents those who have not willingly bowed their knee to the True King: those gathered for hell. Jesus came to seek and save the lost. But now, Jesus specifically says that we participate in this great harvest of souls as a community project. One sows and another reaps.

Sowing is hard work. A lot of times, the ground is hard. You’ve got to do a lot of work to even have a place to drop the seed in. It would be easy to think that if someone reaped what they did not sow, the sower would be resentful, not joyful.  Jesus says the sower and reaper rejoice together. The explanation then is the produce is for the owner of the field, not the laborers. God is the owner of the field and is worthy of true worshipers. There is joy in that. The worshipers have been plucked from the fire to worship the King, and there is joy in that.

At the end of the last college football season, I received a pair of Cotton Bowl tickets to see my Aggies play. I would have had great joy to watch the game on tv with my hubby and watch Johnny Manziel destroy the Sooners. But there was a joy inexpressable to go to the game and stand and yell my guts out next to people who also loved them. I love that God has made this life of the great commission a community project. We will go to Ecuador and enter into others’ labor. That will bring us and them great joy. We see the same truth. Joy is multiplied when people see the same truth. God is worthy of worshipers.

Prayer

Father, thank you that you let us work alongside others to bring glory to your great name. May we each encourage the other to press on for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

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