Thursday, July 9, 2020
We all set priorities. Some we think long and hard about. Others become so ingrained in us that we never think twice about them. Priorities are the reflection of our personal value system. We always choose what we love most. We work hardest to gain what we want most. We feed ourselves with the things that we believe will bring us the most reward.
Let’s read what Jesus said about that in a conversation with His disciples in John 4.
John 4:35-38 Do you not say, ‘There are yet four months, then comes the harvest’? Look, I tell you, lift up your eyes, and see that the fields are white for harvest. 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.”
Yesterday we learned that the food that truly satisfies us is to do the will of the Father and accomplish His work. Now Jesus tells us what the work of the Father is – to sow the seeds of the Gospel and to reap the harvest of people receiving eternal life by faith in Christ.
Jesus powerfully declares to His disciples that the work of the Father is to be a witness of the Gospel and share our faith in Christ with others, no matter who they are. Jesus proclaims to His followers that a harvest is about to happen. The rest of the fourth chapter describes the revival of faith that takes place among the Samaritan people. Jesus tells us that there had been previous work done among them by seed-scatterers. Jesus was now the reaper of the harvest based on faithful work done by others. Then He states this truth – Whether you are the one who plants the seeds, or the one who reaps the harvest, you are doing the work of the Father and you are to rejoice together that the work of God is being accomplished.
Many people wonder what is the one thing that unifies us as the Body of Christ. I believe Jesus tells us right here – doing the work of the Father. Yes, we are made one in Christ at the cross, but we conquer divisions by doing a singular job. We overcome the divisive nature of personal preferences by accomplishing the priority of the Gospel. We, the people of Jesus Christ, remain united by sowing and reaping for eternal life.
Consider this for today – Is it my priority to rejoice together with others who are similarly sowing the seeds of faith in others and then harvesting eternal souls for Christ?
That is the priority work of God to which He has called us all.