John 4:37 Everyone Has A Job

Sowing And Reaping

“Thus the saying, ‘One sows and another reaps’ is true.” John 4:37

While the disciples were away getting some food, Jesus talks to a Samaritan woman. When they return, they encouraged Him to eat, but He said He already has food, that is to do the work of the Father. Then He tells them that the field is ready for harvest and that one sows, while another will reap.

A farmer is the one who plants the seeds in a large field and waits for the crops to come in. Later, once the harvest is ready, that same farmer is the one who goes out and brings in the harvest. This will work for short-term growing foods. Foods that will grow within a few weeks or months.

When a person plants a row of oak trees from a small seed, it can take many years before any results are seen. It is usually not the person who planted the oak trees, but others who reap the benefits of those trees.

Jesus came into this world in order to save people from their sins. The world has become the harvest field and there are many people who are ready to be saved.

The work of bringing a person to salvation is not the work of one person completely on his own. It takes a group of people to benefit from it. One or more people start by planting seeds into the life of a person. Those seeds are things that show the person God’s love, pointing out that there is more to this life than what the world is showing, showing the faultiness of mankind, showing mercy, and pointing people to Jesus.

Those seeds need to grow. They grow by others confirming what was said and by other believers working in the life of a person.

Eventually the person says yes to Christ, through the word of one person. That person gains the harvest, even though he did not sow all of the needed seed. The groundwork was done by others.

As you go through your life, there will be times that you will be the one to sow seed into someone’s life. Other times you will be the one that brings in the harvest for God.

Either way, you must be working together with others to bring in the needed harvest. Have the mission Jesus had to save the world.

I pray today that God will show you ways to sow more seed into the lives of people; that God will use you to bring in the harvest that is ready; that you will have the goal of Jesus to seek and save the lost; and that you will be a witness of Jesus to all.

 

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John 3:17 Not To Condemn

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For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. John 3:17

Condemnation is something that runs very high in this world. It occurs regardless of whether a person is a believer or not. People blame others for what happens and condemns their actions.

People are quick to look at the Old Testament laws and how some required death. Then they apply that to the entire Bible and are quick to condemn other people. Or non-believers will believe that all the Bible does is condemn them.

Believers will often read the bible and grab onto teachings against sin, then they will point out those sins in the lives of others. When they see those sins, they are fast to condemn a person as a non-believer and going to hell. They focus on speaking against the sin, rather than pointing out God’s willingness to forgive and showing His great love.

While it is true that a person who does not believe in or follow Jesus is on a path to hell, Jesus never went around condemning people to hell. His entire purpose of His life and ministry was to save people. He wanted to point out what God has done for them. The only people Jesus was harsh with, were the people who claimed to be believers in God, yet did not follow Him and even fought against Him.

If a believer just points out sin and that a person is going to hell, but never points to Jesus and His love, there will be little expectation that the non-believer will ever change. There is no love to draw him to Jesus.

The only time Jesus is going to do condemnation is when He returns to wipe out all sin for all time. At that point people who do not follow Him will be condemned for all eternity. Until then, His focus is to seek and save the lost. God wants every person to be saved.

When you are speaking to others, you need to be like Jesus. Put away all condemnation. Point out God’s great love and mercy. Present Jesus to the people so that they can be saved.

Allow God to choose when and how a person is condemned. You do the work of bringing people to Jesus to be saved.

How many can be saved through your testimony of love?

I pray today that you will know God’s love for the lost; that you will not speak condemnation on anyone; that you will present God’s love and mercy to this world; and that many will know Jesus through your words and actions.

John 3:3 How To See Heaven

 

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Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.” John 3:3

Nicodemus, who was a Pharisee, came to Jesus in private and told Him that He has to be a teacher from God. Jesus did not acknowledge the truth in that statement, but did say that a person must be born again in order to see the kingdom of God. Nicodemus was confused at that statement and Jesus tells Him what it means.

A lot of people all over the world want to see the kingdom of God. Different people have different views on what God’s kingdom may look like, but the desire is there all the same. The majority of people believe that if they work hard enough, they may get to see God’s kingdom.

Jesus made it very easy to see the kingdom of God, yet very impossible for a man to do on his own. All a person must do is be born again. Just as with Nicodemus, many might think that means a physical rebirth, however, it does not. This is a spiritual rebirth.

Think of a little new-born baby. When a new baby is born into this world, he is born with no bad past history and no personal sin. He is clean before God. The baby has no preconceived ideas or thoughts. His total trust is in the parents and there is no fear, only love and trust.

Later on people bring in sin, fear, hate, and other wrongs. They are no longer pure and clean before God.

When a person comes to Christ Jesus and repents of his sin, Jesus is willing to remove that sin. The person becomes as though physically reborn again. He is now clean with no sin or darkness in his life. The spirit is now just like when he was born as a baby and is pure before God.

You have to make that choice for yourself. If you are like many people, you want to see the kingdom of God someday. In order to do that, you also must be born again.

Allow God to change your heart, mind and spirit. Allow Jesus to cleanse you from all sin and make you pure before God. Become like a little new-born baby before God.

Are you ready to see the kingdom of God?

Are you born again?

I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will allow Jesus to cleanse you from all sin; that you will be able to stand pure before God; and that you will be reborn again in your mind, heart, thoughts, actions and spirit.