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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Luke 8:5 Sowing Seed Everywhere

Blowing Seed

“A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path; it was trampled on, and the birds ate it up.” Luke 8:5

Jesus had told a parable of a farmer going out to sow some seed. As he went, the farmer scattered the seed in many different places. In each area that it was spread, it had different results.

In a lot of businesses, they want their salesman to target certain people for sales. They do not want the salesman to just go up to anyone and everyone. Part of the reason for that is that they know certain people will not be able to or want to purchase the product.

An example of that is a car salesman will not go up to a child to make a sale. He knows that the child cannot purchase one at all.

Believers often work in the same way when it comes to spreading the gospel message of Jesus. They look at certain people and automatically assume that a person will not accept the gospel message of salvation. They believe that the person is too bad to want Jesus.  Or they believe that the person will not understand the message. Or that the person is in a society position that will not allow him to listen to the message.

The farmer in the parable by Jesus, spread his seed everywhere. Looking at the next few verses tells where it was spread–the path, rocky ground, thorns and good soil.

The farmer was not particular about where to spread his seed. He knew that some seed would land on good soil and produce more than enough.

Believers need to be willing to spread the gospel message anywhere and everywhere that they can. No one can afford to be choosy about where he spreads the gospel. Every person needs to be given the chance to accept and follow Jesus.

Some will reject immediately. Some will accept and later fall away. Others will accept and produce a great crop.

Be willing to share the salvation message of Jesus with everyone you can. Give everyone you can a chance to accept Jesus. Do not worry about who might or might not accept your message.

God can make the message come alive, if you send it out.

How much seed can you spread today?

Who can you spread it to?

I pray today that you will know the gospel message of Jesus; that you will share the gospel message of Jesus with everyone you meet; and that God will produce a great crop through you.

Matthew 13:3-4 Scatter The Seed Everywhere

Then he told them many things in parables, saying: “A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up.” Matthew 13:3-4

Jesus had started to teach the people many things, but He often spoke in parables. He liked to use everyday events to teach eternal, spiritual thoughts. In this parable Jesus tells of a farmer going out to sow the seed. The seed falls everywhere as it is scattered. Some fall on bad ground, while others fall on good ground. Some produce very well, while others do not produce at all.

Planting seeds can be a frustrating thing for some people. They go out and get the ground ready, go through all the work of planting the seeds, and then very few actual sprout. The reasons for the not sprouting can be many, not enough water, too much water, too much sun, not enough sun, bugs, animals, too many rocks, and too many weeds.

If a farmer was to look at all those things first as possible preventions, then he most likely would not sow at all. He scatters the seed out and trusts God to do the rest.

Later in this chapter, Jesus explains that the seed is the Word of God, the gospel message. It is sown out everywhere, and some take it up, while others reject it. Some sprouts for a time, then dies, while others produce well.

Every believer is supposed to be like that farmer, spreading some seed, the seed of the gospel message. He is to scatter the seed everywhere.

Some people will refuse to share the gospel message with some people, because that person (they know) will not accept it. They don’t want to waste their time.

God is the only one who can give growth to a seed. You do not know if a person will accept Jesus or not, but you must give him a chance to accept or deny Jesus.

As a witness of Jesus, you must tell everyone you can about Him and what He has done for them. It may be the one time they hear about Jesus and accept Him. You do not know what they will do. If you choose not to tell them, you may have taken their one chance to hear about salvation in Jesus.

Go and scatter your seed.

I pray today that you will share the gospel message with everyone; that God will touch the hearts of many through you; that many will accept Jesus into their life through your message; and that you will not fear sharing the gospel message of Jesus with anyone.