Do you not say, ‘Four months more and then the harvest’? I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest. Even now the reaper draws his wages, even now he harvests the crop for eternal life, so that the sower and the reaper may be glad together.
Reading this passage made me think about our influence on other people.
We constantly think, probably culturally that effective or successful preaching equals one more person sitting on a seat in the church congregation we meet with on a Sunday morning.
If we don’t see a big conversion story, an extra member of the church, we assume we have failed.
I think that our assumptions are flawed, the way we are trying to measure is errant.
There are many people we rub up against daily, weekly, yearly. We have opportunity to preach by word and action and we have no idea what kind of effect we are having or have had on people that we encounter.
Who’s to say that 6 months, 1 year, 10 years, 50 years down the line, the seed we have sown by the way we treated someone or the words we said to them won’t suddenly burst into life and fruit in a Godly fashion?
We reap a harvest others have sown and we sow seed for others to reap. Others have been doing it for years before us and sometimes we see the plants that other people’s preaching has sown the seeds of.
We reap a harvest where others have sown. We sow seed for others to reap. We may never see the fruit of our work but God watches and smiles.
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.
That proper time is God’s proper time and we may not ever see that time for the seed we have sown.
Don’t give up, God will work in you and through you and from you.
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