John 4:34-38 NIV
“My food,” said Jesus, “is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work. 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.”
If we are the people of Christ Jesus, then His motives and purposes are for us also. Jesus came to do what His father told Him to do. Jesus was the sin-bearer and Saviour of the world, and came into the world to finish the work of God. (His work) The three persons of God had planned this work before the ages of human history began. Before the Universe had space and time, God purposes an innumerable fellowship of people, that would be rescued from spiritual death. Throughout history, the three persons of the trinity have been working this out in human history and calling these people to faith. When they are all gathered into the kingdom, then God will wind up human events. Jesus will be the ultimate judge and justice and mercy will prevail. Jesus came into time and space to finish the work of salvation for His people, once and for all. He finished it all so that sinful people could be redeemed from the slavery of sin, and be set free from death and judgment.
So it’s all done. Finished. Accomplished. The way to life stands open and the offer of salvation stands available for all. The fields of people who need a Saviour could not be more ready. They are white with the fruit of the work of God in human hearts. They are white with opportunity to bring in an amazing harvest. But the saying goes in the affairs of people – “wait a bit, we have plenty of time to do God’s work. There is plenty of opportunities coming up and we don’t need to rush or stress ourselves too much. God will work it all out – it’s His work. Be still and pray and wait. Don’t put yourself under pressure…” This is our default position.
Jesus the Saviour calls us to open our eyes. Waken up to what is going on around you and get your self ready for work, work in the harvest field of your own community. The people in your street, block, town, workplace are ready for the harvest. If you gather the harvest you will get your wages if eternal life both for yourself as those you bring to faith. This is every Christian, not just a chosen few with certain credentials. All you need is love for Christ and love for souls. If you don’t have these, then your faith is suspect.
Let us live in faith. The one who tells out the message and the one who brings the people to faith will rejoice together. There is no craven competition, or trying to get people into our church/ club. All is for the kingdom of God and for the rescue of souls, not for our little empire we think we own.
There are Christians who God calls to labour and work for seeming little results. They sow the seed in faith and they don’t stop, even though it is backbreaking and heartbreaking. Many true hearts have never seen the good of what they did, but one day when the kingdom of Christ is reigning, they will see what they did. There are others who salvage many people for God because of the sacrifices of the ones who sowed the seeds. They seem more fruitful on the surface, but they are just enjoying the privileges of those gone before.
This is for every Christian. It is a way of life. It is a way of thinking. The days are evil and short before the Lord will return. We must reap now and every day and never stop telling the good news about forgiveness and the way to God. Every opportunity you get, take it. Maybe you are a sower of the seed of the message, or maybe a harvester. The only thing that matters, is that you are fulfilling your task to go everywhere and speak the power of God in salvation.
The nourishment of life for Jesus Christ, was to do the will of the Father who sent Him this work to do. It is the same for us. It is our spiritual sustenance and our reward and our complete joy. There is no secondary service or part time or passive contributions. All is for Christ and for all those who are and will be His people.