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Of Wages and Harvests

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My question for you today is – What barn are you filling?

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. (John 4:36 NASB)

This line from John 4 where we have been dabbling for a couple weeks reminds me of the parable Jesus told about the man who decided he needed bigger barns.

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And he told them this parable:

“The ground of a certain rich man produced a good crop. He thought to himself,

‘What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.’

Then he said,

‘This is what I’ll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. And I’ll say to myself, “You have plenty of good things laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.”

But God said to him,

‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’

This is how it will be with anyone who stores up things for himself but is not rich towards God.”

Luke 12:16-21 NASB

Back at the well, Jesus is talking about why He passed on lunch. He took the time to talk with a woman everyone else would have written off, and yet, due to the insight He received from Father, He was able not only to sow good seed, but to reap an eternal harvest.

And off she went to do the same. This brand new Christ follower had a drink of living water, and not only her entire outlook, but also her set of priorities has been rewritten.

She left her water jug behind and went on a mini preaching tour.

Jesus looks at His activity for the morning, as well as those of this fledgling evangelist, and sees the barns of heaven being filled, and spiritual wages being paid out.

These wages He speaks of are another metaphor for the food He was feasting on, of which they were unaware. If you don’t work, you don’t eat – Paul said it of the tangible – Jesus turned it around in the spiritual. If you labor, there are wages, including spiritual food, and a harvest in eternal storehouses.

This was Jesus’ conclusion to the parable of the man and his barn dilemma:

Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will not be exhausted, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. (Luke 12:33 NASB)

He is talking about a purse full of spiritual wages and heavenly barns full of souls.

Whose field are you laboring in?

Not only is the Lord looking for worshippers, He is also looking for laborers.

He told them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field." (Luke 10:2 NASB)

So grab your bag of seed and sickle and let’s get out there.

Then come back and tell us your stories.

BenSee you tomorrow.


0 thoughts on “Of Wages and Harvests

  1. Debbie

    I was blessed , Mr. Ben, by the look at spiritual work and food. Praying that our barns keep filling up with precious souls. God bless you and yours this weekend!

    1. Ben Nelson

      I love it when you read the words of Jesus maybe for the hundredth time, and suddenly you get a glimpse of something brand new sitting right there. That is how this whole passage has been for me.


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