Sowing and Reaping: Doing His Will and Accomplishing His Work

John 4:34-39

 34 Jesus said to them, “My food (fuel, driving source, that which propels) is: (1.) to do the will of him who sent me and (2.) to accomplish his work.

35 Do you not say, ‘There are yet four months, then comes the harvest’? Look, I tell you, lift up your eyes, and see that the fields are white for harvest.

Do not put off until a time we have appointed or set aside. Do it now! There is work to do done even today. We can make excuses or create ‘programs’ for certain times to ‘do the work of the Lord’. But He is calling us to wait no longer. We are to follow Jesus’ example: What drives us, what propels us, should be to actively doing and seeking His will AND with the goal of completing His work. We are not to stop until the work is completed or accomplished. Our job is not over yet; it has just begun!

 36 Already the one who reaps is receiving wages and gathering fruit for eternal life, so that sower and reaper may rejoice together. 37 For here the saying holds true, ‘One sows and another reaps.’

BOTH he who sows AND he who reaps may rejoice together. Both are needed! Sowing/laboring is part of His will and reaping is the accomplishment. Evangelism is more than just the reaping! Often I’ve heard people define evangelism as just and only the reaping of the harvest, which, in my estimation, discounts the sowing and cultivating will of Him who sent me. Both are needed, and both the sower and reaper rejoice and celebrate in the growth of His Kingdom.

38 I sent you to reap that for which you did not labor. Others have labored, and you have entered into their labor.”

The Goal: To reap. Jesus sent us to reap. Both sowing (laboring) and reaping are needed. Reaping, however, is what we are sent to do. It is what we want to accomplish, for we do not sow without the forethought of reaping. We do not sow without hope of growth of our seeds. We do not sow and not hope for a harvest. Otherwise, our labor is truly in vain.

39 Many Samaritans from that town believed in him because of the woman’s testimony, “He told me all that I ever did.”

Today and everyday, let us testify of and proclaim Jesus and what He has done and what he has spoken! Let us sow, labor, and reap the harvest for Christ! Let us not put off what He has sent us to do. May the will of the One Who Sent us be our driving source to accomplish His work!

 

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