Sunday Morning Podcast January 4, 2015. Bro. Dave Goble.
TEXT: JOHN 4:27-38
27 And upon this came his disciples, and marvelled that he talked with the woman: yet no man said, What seekest thou? or, Why talkest thou with her?
28 The woman then left her waterpot, and went her way into the city, and saith to the men,
29 Come, see a man, which told me all things that ever I did: is not this the Christ?
30 Then they went out of the city, and came unto him.
31 In the mean while his disciples prayed him, saying, Master, eat.
32 But he said unto them, I have meat to eat that ye know not of.
33 Therefore said the disciples one to another, Hath any man brought him ought to eat?
34 Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work.
35 Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest.
36 And he that reapeth receiveth wages, and gathereth fruit unto life eternal: that both he that soweth and he that reapeth may rejoice together.
37 And herein is that saying true, One soweth, and another reapeth.
38 I sent you to reap that whereon ye bestowed no labour: other men laboured, and ye are entered into their labours.
There is a harvest that we are all a part of. It is of a spiritual nature. This harvest takes place in both the good and bad times, or sunny and stormy “weather.” When the stormy oppositions confront us, we need to know “how” we should think about it. In this text, the Samaritan woman let her neighbors know about Jesus, showing in effect that she had been harvested for Him. Then when reaching out to others about Jesus, she was in effect, ..harvesting them. The best spiritual harvesting comes from those who have themselves just been harvested. It is not a good thing if we don’t work to harvest souls, when we have had the mercy of being harvested ourselves.
Can your children say you are an excellent example of a harvester? Your children potentially will grow up and copy you. Can they see your burden and labors to work in the fields of souls? Can they see your sowing for others even in the midst of storms to become saved? Do they see you continue to look for other souls, or fail, even to the backsliding from halfhearted efforts? Some of the best harvesting comes in the midst of the storms of difficulties. We need to refuse to decrease our efforts to harvest, while in the midst of oppositions. God is always the spiritual nourishment that is needed to harvest other souls, (John 4:34). Many others believed on Christ, after the Samaritan woman had been harvested with the gospel, “And many of the Samaritans of that city believed on him for the saying of the woman that testified, He told me all that ever I did.” (John 4:39). This is in effect “the wages of the harvest.”
“The wages of sin are death.” (“For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Romans 6:23) Remarkably there are some people that choose to go back to sin, which is that of spiritual death. To many of those, God has said He will choose for them a strong delusion of their condition, which would prevent them any longer desiring to obey God in truth, but instead to believe a lie, (2 Thessalonians 2:11).
Truth will help you to labor for souls, essentially harvesting them for God. Those are of the wages of Salvation. Lord help me to be a laborer for God!