June 18, 2018 – Monday
John 4:35-38 [NIV] Don’t you have a saying, ‘It’s still four months until harvest’? I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest. Even now the one who reaps draws a wage and harvests a crop for eternal life, so that the sower and the reaper may be glad together. Thus the saying ‘One sows and another reaps’ is true. I sent you to reap what you have not worked for. Others have done the hard work, and you have reaped the benefits of their labor.
Where I live, it’s summer time, and it’s only natural to think about vacation. Even the farmer who worked hard to plant now waits for the harvest. Frankly, I need a time of rest so I can recharge; but regardless of where I go for vacation, I must remember to keep working for the Lord.
Scripture reminds us the harvest is ready. There are many who God has called to be His, and they are just waiting for you and me to share our respective stories with them so that they, too, can take the plunge into the pool of God’s grace. Many have gone before us to prepare the soil and plant the seed. Yet we still must keep working as the one who collects the bounty for the Lord.
Summer mission trips and summer vacations are good, but you must open your eyes to the harvest right before you. There are many at work, and many just around the corner at the community swimming pool, who are just aching to hear the Good News. The hard work has been done, but you need to keep working for the Lord and finish what others have started.
When the harvest is eternal life, how can you wait another minute? At work, at the community pool, or even during your summer vacation, you need to keep working for the Lord!
Dear Lord, help me see the harvest right in front of me. Give me tools to bring another to You. I desire that everyone know the joy of You in their lives, and I am willing to go out where You send me for the harvest. Although I want Your blessings on my rest, that rest is only so my work for You will be even more fruitful. In Your name, I pray. Amen.
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