Sowers and Reapers, Rejoice!

Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest?  behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest.  And he that reapeth receiveth wages, and gathereth fruit unto life eternal: that both he that soweth and he that reapeth may rejoice together.  And herein is that saying true, One soweth, and another reapeth.

John 4:35-37

“One soweth, and another reapeth.”  There are many passages in the Bible about sowing and reaping.  We have probably heard many sermons about sowing and reaping, which usually boil down to “sow good things, reap good things; sow bad things, reap bad things.”  But this passage is a little different.  In this passage, the sower and the reaper are different people.  And, after the harvest, they are able to rejoice together.

It is encouraging to know that “he that reapeth receiveth wages, and gathereth fruit unto life eternal.”  When we do something for the Lord, it is for eternity.  When we sow the seed of the Word of God or when we witness to someone, we are doing something that is going to last for all of eternity.  Most of the things that we do are very temporary.  Most things that we do aren’t going to last much past the week or year, let alone for all of eternity.  But there are some things that will.

Sometimes we are just going to sow the seed.  Sometimes we can witness to people or give them a gospel tract and they will not make a decision.  We may never see them again.  But maybe that seed takes root and somewhere down the line, another is able to win them to Christ.  Other times, we might get to reap what someone else has sown.  But either way, when the harvest is over, we will all be able to rejoice together, both the sowers and the reapers.  But we will only rejoice if we had a part in the sowing and reaping.  What are we doing today?

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