"I sent you to reap that whereon ye bestowed no labor: other men labored, and ye are entered into their labors.”
Ordinarily, when most Christians read today’s verse, we consider it the manifestation of a blessing where we have reaped a harvest from a seed sown by someone else. In other words, “One man sows, another one reaps.” However, if we reconsider this verse, it is even more profound. It can also refer to someone whom you have been guiding, studying with, or simply speaking to about God who is considering the idea of becoming a Christian; yet somehow, they are finding difficulty in making a full commitment.
Often, it may appear that you have failed miserably in your attempt to be a witness for the Love of God; so, you decide to dismiss them, hoping that you can redeem the time by moving on to someone else. However, more often than not, we are simply the sower. —The first person to begin the process of awakening the small seed within them, into what will eventually become a deep desire to personally know more about God.
There are times when those we speak to about Jesus are stubborn; so, it will take them longer to understand and acknowledge the manifestation of God in their lives. For now, another man or woman will reap that soul for the Kingdom of God. In the meantime, don’t get discouraged; simply stop for a moment to remember how stubborn you were, and how long it took YOU to finally believe. L.
**Now it is your turn to write your thoughts regarding today's verse in your journal.
Study Reference: John 4:38 Proverbs
From: “Your Thoughts: Guiding Others -Reaping.” In The Master’s Hands: 365 Daily Devotions for Everyday Living
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