For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans
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From John 4:
31Meanwhile, the talmidim (disciples) were urging Yeshua (Jesus), “Rabbi, eat something.” 32But he answered, “I have food to eat that you don’t know about.” 33At this, the talmidim (disciples) asked one another, “Could someone have brought him food?” 34Yeshua (Jesus) said to them, “My food is to do what the one who sent me wants and to bring his work to completion. 35Don’t you have a saying, ‘Four more months and then the harvest’? Well, what I say to you is: open your eyes and look at the fields! They’re already ripe for harvest! 36The one who reaps receives his wages and gathers fruit for eternal life, so that the reaper and the sower may be glad together — 37for in this matter, the proverb, ‘One sows and another reaps,’ holds true. 38I sent you to reap what you haven’t worked for. Others have done the hard labor, and you have benefited from their work.”
*words in parentheses are mine; English for Hebrew.
Humility is a result that comes from realizing that what each accomplishes rests upon the efforts of others and all that is done is the result of God’s work. The call is given to ‘see.’ There is always work to be done; some work the soil, preparing for those who sow the seed, and those who harvest come after. God gives the increase.
The kingdom grows and benefits from the efforts of those who can see and hear the voice of God. These efforts provide the ‘food’ of which Jesus spoke. When one is engaged in a project and they are inspired to complete it; all else, even hunger, disappears until it is accomplished. And the results satisfy more than any food or drink.
O that the church would catch this inspiration from Jesus! The fields are ripe. There is so little of real truth and worth today in this society that the hunger for God is increased. Not a hunger for ‘church’ or even a brand of Christianity for what it has become in much of this world, but a hunger for the genuine Word of God, Jesus, come to give what is missing in today’s world. He came to give genuine peace of spirit, genuine love and compassion, genuine praise that is God-centered and not self-centered.
Pray – May my eyes and ears be opened to hear your voice, Lord, directing me to do what you want and bringing your work to completion.
Repent – I repent for the times I do what I want, thinking I am working for you.
Ask – Open my eyes so I can see the fields! Open my eyes so I can see the harvest ready to reap. May I be a part of the harvest team you are sending to reap what isn’t sown by us but by you.
Yes – How happy are those who observe Your instruction, who seek You wholeheartedly! Psalm 119:2
Source: John 4 and Psalms