Rejoicing Together

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So here is a concept, the guy who harvests is following the one planting seed in the next tractor. Talk about miracle grow!

The sketchy woman Jesus was talking to is now wandering all over town telling folks about this Man who must be the Messiah. Gathering crowds and drawing them back to the well, where the living water is flowing freely.

In the mean time Jesus is telling the boys that things are about to change – and in fact are different already.

Do you not say, ‘There are yet four months, and then comes the harvest’? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes, and look on the fields, that they are white for harvest. Already he who reaps is receiving wages, and is gathering fruit for life eternal; that he who sows and he who reaps may rejoice together. For in this case 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 labor. (John 4: 35-38 NASB)

When Jesus looks at the field, He sees a ready harvest.

We look at our current methods of growing and nurturing and fertilizing, and think – 4 months and I can collect on this investment.

Don’t we do that with our evangelism too? Don’t we think, I need to befriend this person, and let them get to know me, and earn the right to plant seed, and then water it with repeated sharing, caring, loving, prayer, and all that goes with it.

Hey – it’s a great plan, and it works sometimes.

But Jesus looks at the field and says – hey let’s bring in the sheaves! Grab your sickles boys, and lets get out there.

The Parable of the Soils – Part 1Specifically – He scattered a handful of seed into the unturned soil of this woman’s heart right around lunch time, and before dinner she would return with a catch that would threaten to break these old fishermen’s nets. (Don’t you just love a good mixed metaphor?)

When you are tuned on to the Father’s plan of evangelism, you can get the specific – genetically engineered seed that will grow instantly into a harvest in any mans life.

Hey, there is one more thing to see. The harvest you are working on may not be the one God is going for today. He looks at the field and knows what who is ripe. It’s not always the one you were hoping for.

Let’s try it today.

Ask the Lord to lead you into His harvest today.

Oh, yeah, and while you are at it, keep tilling the soil around the ones you are working on, just don’t be altogether surprised when someone else slides in and brings them to the barn.

BenHey – have a great day.

See you tomorrow.

Ben

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  1. cshowers

    Ben, this was so well put. Too many times, we try to minister where we're not called to minister, rather than following Holy Spirit's lead and going where and to whom we are called to minister to! This powerful word should give us all pause, and cause us to seek the Master's face, for the harvest is plenty, but the laborers are few... perhaps because the laborer's aren't where we're supposed to be?

    Thank you brother, for giving me much to think about.

    Much love,
    Cheryl

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    1. Ben Nelson

      Thanks Cheryl. You put that very well. I really believe there is nothing wrong with executing an evangelism plan - i have been doing various plans all the way to putting an "I found it" bumper sticker on my very first car.

      I recently read a book called "Divine Treasure Hunt" written by Kevin Deadman from Bethel Church in Redding which really rocked my world for evangelism. Trying to move all that from head to heart to feet if you know what i mean.

      Thanks for your encouragement.

      Ben

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  2. Larry Who

    "...One sows, and another reaps..."

    In my case, a woman prayed for me for years and never saw a harvest because she died before I was saved. Thank God, some sow and others reap.

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    1. Ben Nelson

      Amen - and I guarantee she saw the harvest and rejoiced with all heaven dude.

      And I for one am so glad she stuck with it when she did not see fruit.

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  3. Caddo Veil

    Great word, Ben--We don't need to get so invested in saving one person that we freak out if things don't go as we hope. Best thing for me to do is keep my eyes on Jesus, and not myself--then I'm less likely to fret about "my results". He has the Plan--I'm just one set of hands. God bless you and the fam--love, sis Caddo

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  4. Debbie

    Thank you for your wonderful way of teaching us, Mr. Ben. This one will stick with me and I am completely open to God sending whoever He wants in to reap or to sow .. or both! 🙂 It's His harvest , after all. This fall, I saw a long stretch of field full of pumpkins. The orange orbs stood out against all the brown around them. The farmer told me that most of them would go to waste . ..no one to go out in the muddy field to harvest them. It just struck me . .. no one to go. Praying we go to who He asks us too, even if it's messy. God bless you and yours!

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    1. Ben Nelson

      What a great illustration of how the harvest, if ignored, will be missed. We must not forget that harvest is perishable. Thanks for that vivid picture.
      And thank you for encouragement to keep going, it makes a huge difference (as you well know)
      Yours,
      Ben

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