Jesus challenges us to know that the harvest is ready. There is no waiting. People are ready to hear the good news of God’s love. People are ready to live a life dedicated to doing what God wants. They need someone to tell them the good news about Jesus.
We are working for wages in God’s world. What is our pay?
- Eternal life that never ends.
- The shear joy of working for Jesus.
- The pleasure of seeing others commit to serving God.
- These are the wages that come to those of us who sow the seed of God’s good news. They are also the pay of those who reap what is sown. Both get the pay.
People are ready. Now is the time. We should not wait. Jesus makes it clear that there is a continual harvest ready if we will both sow and reap. Jesus challenges us to not make excuses. It isn’t our job to try to figure out is someone ready to hear the good news. Our job is to proclaim the goodness of God. Maybe we will reap the harvest or maybe we will just plant the seed.
Others have toiled to get things ready for the harvest. Will we let their work go to waste? Now it would be a shame to trash the work of others who have gone before us.
The frustration of sowing: It can be frustrating to sow but not to reap. Is our role one of sowing the seed. We can take pleasure that someone else will reap the harvest. No sowing, no reaping.
God’s goal: God wants us to act now. Souls are ready to be gathered into the harvest of a life lived for all of eternity. We have to get moving. There is no time to waste.
Already the one who reaps is receiving wages and gathering fruit for eternal life, so that sower and reaper may rejoice together. For here the saying holds true, ‘One sows and another reaps.’ I sent you to reap that for which you did not labor. Others have labored, and you have entered into their labor.
English Standard Version. (2016). (John 4:36–38). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.