Scripture: "And he who reaps receives wages, and gathers fruit for eternal life, that both he who sows and he who reaps may rejoice together."
Reflection: In Jesus' message to His disciples, he was drawing attention to the harvest. Whether you are a "reaper" or a "sower," it doesn't matter, both "may rejoice together." "God" is the One who causes "the increase" anyway (1 Corinthians 3:7). Only He can change the heart. We are only to sow the seed and call them to respond.
Application: Are you laboring to sow seed and striving to reap? Be encouraged that no matter if you are a sower or a reaper, you are being faithful to the task of evangelism. Let this be a message of hope to persevere even when it doesn't look like there is a harvest.
The New King James Version (Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1982), Jn 4:36.
"But all His acquaintances, and the women who followed Him from Galilee, stood at a distance, watching these things."
Reflection: In the account of Jesus Christ's death, Luke stated a few verses earlier that "He breathed His last" Luke 23:46. In just few verses later, Luke seems to have stated that "all His acquaintances" were there. Given this account, there were many witnesses to Jesus' death who had known and followed Him.
Application: The next time you hear a muslim or followers of some other religions make a statement that Jesus did not die on the cross, you can remind them that many people witnessed His death on the cross.
The New King James Version, Lk 23:49. Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1982.
“The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul; The testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple;” (Psalm 19:7, NKJV)
Reflection: Do you want to look at something perfect? Gaze into the law and you will be laid low as you see God's perfection against your own imperfection. David said it "converts the soul" or in the Greek Septuagint, the word for "turn" or "return" can be used here which means there is a transformation which takes place.
Application: Given the power of God's word in the law, we should use it to help bring the knowledge of sin when sharing the Gospel. Hold a righteous, holy standard before sinners to give them a reason to run to the Savior, Jesus Christ. Go share God's word and help them to understand their condition.
I charge you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom: Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching. 2 Timothy 4:1–2, NKJV
Reflection: When Paul wrote to his trusted son in the faith, Timothy, he "charged" him with an instruction, "Preach the word!" He also told him when to do it... "in season and out of season." It sounds like an ongoing ministry of doctrinal proclamation to spread the message of God's word and it would include the Gospel message of Jesus Christ.
Application: We too are charged with spreading the Word of God found in the Bible. We need to be so filled with the Word of God that we pour forth God's wisdom when we encounter others. Study the Word and proclaim the Good News to others you meet.
“Now as he [Paul] reasoned about righteousness, self-control, and the judgment to come, Felix was afraid and answered, “Go away for now; when I have a convenient time I will call for you.” Meanwhile he also hoped that money would be given him by Paul, that he might release him. Therefore he sent for him more often and conversed with him.” (Acts 24:25–26, NKJV)
Reflection: The Apostle Paul was being kept in prison and Felix, the Governor, was to rule over his situation based upon accusations raised against him. Paul saw it as an opportunity to share the Gospel. As Felix listened to the words of Paul, he continued to put off and procrastinate regarding regarding his message. Felix was interested in obtaining money from Paul and not the message of the Gospel.
Application: To know that even the Apostle Paul faced rejection from his hearers is encouraging. It also shares a message about how long a person can invest in relationships and still see nothing for the effort. Paul shared the Good News hoping to "persuade" Felix. May we too be "persuasive" in winning souls through the power of the Holy Spirit and keep a positive attitude because it is God who does the saving and not us.
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