Friday, May 24, 2013

One Sows, Another Reaps

John 4:35-38 - "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! And he who reaps receives wages, and gathers fruit for eternal life, that both he who sows and he who reaps may rejoice together. For in this the saying is true: ‘One sows and another reaps.’ I sent you to reap that for which you have not labored; others have labored, and you have entered into their labors.” 

There is a hierarchy in God's world. He is and always will be at the very top of that hierarchy. With all the tornadoes again happening in this nation we constantly hear about Mother Earth spewing forth her wrath. THERE IS NO MOTHER EARTH. God is in control of all things since He created all things. Period. Mother Earth is just a little god some have decided to blame it all on. Maybe because they know blaming our Creator somehow is wrong!

These people are part of the harvest stated above. The harvest is those who do not know the truth...yet. These are the people we are to reach with God's Word. We are part of the hierarchy.

Jesus knew His place with His Father, although He actually is God. On earth He was a Man being guided by His Father, willing to do His will even unto save our sorry behinds. He knew the best water and bread came from His Father...and He is the Bread of life and the Fountain of living water. Through Him we receive both. The right, true and living sustenance.

Today the fields are ripe for harvest. In time there will be more who will begin to wonder just what is up in this world. In Jesus' day He gathered and taught about the kingdom of God. He did as His Father commanded. He taught hard words of sin, rebelliousness, evil, unrighteousness as well as love, forgiveness, obedience, goodness and righteousness...through Him alone.

We are to emulate Jesus. As He listened to His Father, we are to know through His Word and by His Word what we are to say and do. He and the Holy Spirit are to be our guides...with God the Father above them all. 

I wrote about not worrying about what to say to others the other day. Rely on the Holy Spirit and you'd be surprised the things that come out of your mouth, even those things that don't make sense. Only the person hearing might understand. Maybe not at that moment, but in time. And the Holy Spirit can bring remembrance not only to us but others. The spoken Word, the truth, does not return to God void.

We are to be the sowers of the seeds of God's truth. If we are allowing the power of the Holy Spirit to guide, God has already started the work. He has pricked hearts. Some day we will know whether the words we spoke brought in part of the harvest.

Heavenly Father, may I always be in tune with Your Spirit. May Your Words touch lives I come into contact with. I only want to be in Your will and not speak as man. Continue to create in me a clean heart and right spirit. Continue to help me hear Your voice and embolden me. Here I am, Lord, use me. Help me to do as You and to feed Your sheep. 

John 4:34 - Jesus said to them, "My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to finish His work."

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