others who care and share

marmsky May (23)

others who care and share

Devotions from Jefferson Vann # 2390

Joh 4:31 Meanwhile, the disciples kept requesting him, “Rabbi, eat something.”

Joh 4:32 But he said, “I am having food to eat that you don’t know about.”

Joh 4:33 The disciples said to one another, “Could someone have brought him food to eat?”

Joh 4:34 “My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work,” Jesus told them.

Joh 4:35 “Aren’t you saying, ‘There are still four more months, and then comes the harvest’? Listen to what I’m telling you: Lift your eyes and look at the fields, because they are ready for harvest.

Joh 4:36 The harvester is already receiving wages and gathering fruit for permanent life, so that the planter and harvester can rejoice together.

Joh 4:37 Because in this case the saying is true: ‘One is planting while another is harvesting.’

Joh 4:38 I sent you to harvest what you didn’t work for; others have worked, and you have benefited from their work.”

others who care and share

It seems that Jesus is making a point to his disciples that while they were out harvesting (buying food for their meal) he was planting the gospel in the heart of this Samaritan woman. Now, while they are eating the result of someone else’s harvest (the food the disciples bought) she’s back in town, evangelizing (planting the word in) the men of Sychar. So, instead of a long distance between planting and harvest, they are happening concurrently.

This is how evangelism works. We do not have to worry about starting from scratch with most people. If we are concerned about someone’s relationship with God, we can assume that we are not the only one. We can boldly plant the gospel in their hearts, and – quite possibly – we will find that they are already receptive because of someone else’s previous work.

LORD, thank you for the others who care, and share your word to those we seek to win.

About Jefferson Vann

Jefferson Vann is pastor of Piney Grove Advent Christian Church in Delco, North Carolina. You can contact him at marmsky@gmail.com -- !
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