Jesus, talking with His disciples at Jacob’s Well in Samaria, had just finished telling them that He drew nourishment from doing His Father’s Will, and finishing His mission. “You know the saying,” He told them, ” ‘Four months between planting and harvest.’ But I say wake up, and look around! The fields are already ripe for harvest.”
“The harvesters are paid good wages, and the fruit they harvest is people brought to eternal life. What joy awaits both the planter and the harvester alike!”
“You know the saying, ‘One plants and another harvests.’ And it’s true. I sent you to harvest where you did not plant; others had already done the work, and now you will get to gather the harvest.” John 4:35-38 NLT
Jesus used many illustrations from the natural world around us to show the Character of His Father and principles of the Kingdom of Heaven. Here, we see that God is a generous employer; He gives good wages, working for Him has everlasting value, and it brings great joy to everyone involved in it along the way.
In the work of God’s Kingdom, different people are given different tasks, and at different times. Each task is vitally important, from the planting of the tiny seed to the gathering of the abundant harvest. All are under God’s direction, and when faithfully executed, contributes to the whole glorious harvest and the rejoicing of every worker involved.
It may be that God has called you to plant seeds, small and unseen. Perhaps it will be a life lived as a shining light for Jesus, or a little act of kindness, or a caring word when it is needed. Perhaps you will write or sing or speak, planting the seed of the Word of God. And you may go for weeks, months, even years without seeing the least affect of your work for God; but we have His Word that the reward and the joy are assured.
It may be that you are called to reap the harvest, to see the souls brought into the realization of Eternal Life. You may benefit from the unseen work of others, and rejoice with them in the everlasting harvest.
Jesus told His disciples that both the seed planters and the harvesters will have great joy in the eternal harvest of souls, entering the Kingdom of Heaven for eternity. There is no work more fulfilling, no employer more generous, no greater joy than to be a worker for Jesus in the Kingdom of Heaven.