The Sower

And herein is that saying true, One soweth, and another reapeth.  I sent you to reap that whereon ye bestowed no labour: other men laboured, and ye are entered into their labours.  And many of the Samaritans of that city believed on him for the saying of the woman, which testified, He told me all that ever I did.

John 4:37-39

We looked yesterday at the disciples, who, in this passage, were “the sowers.”  The Lord told them that they were going to “reap that whereon ye bestowed no labour: other men laboured, and ye are entered into their labours.”  They weren’t doing the sowing that day; they were doing the reaping.

The sowing had already been done by a woman.  She was not on par with the disciples in many areas.  She had not followed the Lord and seen His many miracles.  In fact, she had just met the Lord at the well.  She was not a scribe or Pharisee who had made a career out of studying the Scriptures.  She was just a woman, an average sinner who met Jesus.  But she did some sowing that day.  She didn’t know everything about Jesus, but she did know that He told her “all that ever I did.”  She did recognize Him as the Christ.  And she did go immediately into her city and told the people there what she knew.  And just look at the powerful impact it had.

“And many of the Samaritans of that city believed on him for the saying of the woman…”  Her “sowing the seed” resulted in “many” believing on the Lord that day.  In Heaven, we will meet those “many people” who believed.  She simply testified of what she had seen, and that little testimony grew into many people believing.

We never know what is going to happen when we sow the seed, but it might end up like this seed – bearing much fruit.  Our job is to sow the seed.

5 responses to this post.

  1. I love the hope in this , Ben. the faith of trusting and believing that God will work when we obediently sow. God bless you!


    • “1 Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:

      2 By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.

      3 And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience;

      4 And patience, experience; and experience, hope:

      5 And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.” Romans 5:1-5

      I came to see Ben, and look who I bumped into! 🙂


      • Its such a simple thing, but I think sometimes we miss it because we, as humans, can’t see the impact of the things that we do. Some seeds can lie dormant for years before they sprout and I think it’s the same way with people. It will be interesting in Heaven to see all of the little things that became big things!

  2. This is such a great post Ben. I am so glad I came by and read it.



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