“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.