Ask yourself this question: what is it that I need in order to live? Some may say “food” or “family,” but the answer is quite different, and is found in the words of Jesus.
“Meanwhile his disciples urged him, “Rabbi, eat something.” But he said to them, “I have food to eat that you know nothing about.” Then his disciples said to each other, “Could someone have brought him food?” My food, said Jesus, “is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work. 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. Thus the saying ‘One sows and another reaps’ is true. I sent you to reap what you have not worked for. Others have done the hard work, and you have reaped the benefits of their labor.” ” (John 4:31-38, NIV)
Doing God’s will is what sustains us (v. 34). We still need to eat, but even more important than food is to please God. Jesus came to finish God’s work of redemption. And he did, when he declared, “It is finished.” But we also are to finish doing God’s work. Not in terms of completing that which is needed for salvation. Jesus did that on the cross. But in terms of offering that salvation to the world.
We should not put off doing God’s will (v. 35). We often rationalize that we will have more favorable conditions later, but this is an excuse. There will always be reasons to postpone doing what we know we ought to be doing for God. God’s given us everything we need to serve him now! God has promised us a great harvest if we will only be faithful.
As difficult as the road ahead is, God has already done the work of preparation for us (v. 38). Many people will not respond to the gospel when we present it to them. For them, we are planting seeds.
We are doing the hard work of sowing so that others may reap. But many others will respond to the gospel. It’s not because we did a better job of presenting the gospel to them. It’s because God has already used countless others before us to prepare them so that we might come along and reap the harvest.
Our first GPS event will be in three months, in March. We will walk the streets of Nokomis and pray specifically for those who live in its homes. We will place door hangers on as many doors as we can, inviting them to our Easter service. We will have a focused evangelistic service on Easter, which GPS is calling “Harvest Sunday.”
Some of you may be thinking, “we’ve tried door hangers before, and didn’t see any results.” You’re right. Door hangers themselves will not change lives. Door hangers simply introduce our church to people, and let them know they are welcome. It’s the grace of God that changes lives. So we must not wait until then to be faithful.
But the work of sharing the gospel, even in little ways, is about more than results. Just as Christ was sustained by doing the will of the Father, so are we.
Our faith is strengthened, our joy is increased, and God’s Kingdom is built up. Being faithful to God is a win/win for everyone involved. Our joy in God is increased. Those who come to Christ have found that joy. God is pleased with us when we do His will.
Pastor Chris Huff has been with us since July 2009. He and his wife, Abby, have four children. Chris is originally from St. Louis, MO and even though he was raised as a city boy, he has a small town heart. Chris is all over the internet, so you can find him on Facebook, Twitter,… (read more)