Message Magazine’s Online Devotional for Sunday, August 21, 2016
We are focusing on getting to know God from the perspective of John the beloved.
Today’s Scripture Focus: “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. I sent you to reap that whereon ye bestowed no labour: other men laboured, and ye are entered into their labours.” (John 4:35–38).
Fields Of Ripe Potential
It’s a privilege to work in the fields for God. Now before you get antsy, I am not talking about agriculture. Nobody is going to suggest you quit your day job to begin reaping crops. The fields spoken of here are those ripened with the fruits of people ready to be reaped into the family of God. Countless people are on the verge of deciding that it pays to serve God, and they just need a nudge.
You’ll hear “I just want to plant the seed…” when people discuss sharing their faith with others. While that is a great sentiment in one way, in another, it removes God’s prerogative to mobilize His people as He wishes.
Our theme text speaks of sowers and reapers. There is also watering and cultivation of the soil for a plentiful harvest. Perhaps God already sent laborers to sow and water the seed of His word into someone’s heart. What if days, weeks, months, or years later, He mobilizes you to welcome that person into His family? What if you had the limited thinking of one only awaiting the call to sow a seed? Would that constitute a missed opportunity?
God’s Timing And Your Cooperation
We seldom have any idea initially at what point we are entering into a person’s life. It could be that we are indeed to plant the seed, the concept that God takes care of those who trust in Him, for example. Maybe we are to plant the seed that the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord. However, it could also be that God already sent a seed sower into a person’s life. Maybe your encounter is 15 years later and it is time to seal the deal. It may be your job to deliver the offer (of life) that person cannot refuse. One never knows until God reveals to us what part we will play in someone’s life.
Everyone that serves the Lord must remain open and available for His guidance. The ultimate goal is to cooperate with Him for the saving of people’s souls. We should leave the details up to Him, for Him to use us in whatever way He sees fit. The one who knows everyone’s heart can give them the attention they need at just the right time. The question is, “Are you willing to do your part so He can accomplish His will?”