35 Do you not say, ‘There are still four months and then comes the harvest’? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are already white for harvest! 36 And he who reaps receives wages, and gathers fruit for eternal life, that both he who sows and he who reaps may rejoice together. 37 For in this 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 labors.”
These words of Jesus should both haunt and motivate His church. As the men of the city were coming out to meet Jesus, He pointed to them dressed in their off white clothes and compared their movements to the movement of a field of wheat. The wheat was yet four months from harvest but the men coming out were ripe and ready for harvest.
The farmer who harvests receives a benefit from his labors. So we who seek to harvest souls for God’s kingdom will also enjoy benefit from our labors. Sometimes we labor and another enjoys the harvest. Other times someone else labors and we enjoy their harvest. The disciples were about to enjoy the reaping of the seed that Jesus had planted. He labored with the woman and they were going to enjoy the benefit of the harvest.
We do not know who has sown seed in another’s life. We are just to be faithful witnesses of Christ to those around us. A Chinese medical doctor who once joined our church first heard the gospel from an English teacher in China. Yong did not trust Christ under that English teacher nor does he even remember his name. But when Yong came to the U.S. his American mentor was a Christian and watered the seed that the English teacher planted. When Yong gave his life to follow Christ he credited the unnamed English teacher with the first labor for his soul. In heaven God will unite Yong with the first one that cared for him.
Keep planting and watering the seeds of the gospel. In His time, God will bring that seed to harvest. After all, it is His seed and it is His harvest. We are simply laborers in His field.
It is Friday. Whew! What a week and what a weekend yet to come! Tonight I am preaching the gospel at a gathering of students, mostly Indian, at Governor’s State University. Pray for men and women to come to Christ.
Sunday morning I will begin a new series in our adult Bible class on Joy. There are over 270 Bible references to joy. With all of that mention God must have a purpose for it. In the morning service I will be bringing another message from Isaiah 55. God calls us to seek Him and to answer Him when He is near. God wants us near Him and He to be near us. I am quite sure we in the Christian community have replaced nearness with knowledge. Pray that God will lead us into His truth Sunday morning.
Pastor Bill will be preaching at Sunrise north this afternoon. Pray for his service there. He will be 85 tomorrow.
Remember our students in the public schools who are hearing of God’s truth in church and humanism at school. Pray that our kids will know the difference and remain strong in their faith in God and His word.
Have a great day in the Lord,