This verse holds some encouragement for us workers in the labor of ministry & mission. I want to thank all those people who purposefully put their time, talent & treasure to work for the kingdom of God and the glory of Christ.
Sometimes our harvests in ministry & mission are moments of almost effortless ease and it seems nothing can stand in the way of kingdom impact.
John 4:38 “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.”
But in those seasons Jesus reminds us to never forget that “others have done the hard work.”
There’s no escaping the reality that “work” is work and in some way, somewhere, someone will be doing “the hard work”.
I’m drawing encouragement from these passages as I feel the strain of sowing and longing to see more and more harvest. I know that all of you face the same challenges to “forge steadily onward”. I want to cheer you on today and let you know your labor is not in vain.
My brother Matt shared this word of encouragement to me this week:
“Art is being able to do something meaningful in a measureable amount of time. Life is meaningful without measure. And mission is being able to focus on something meaningful even you don’t see it. Thank God I get to do something meaningful even if not measurable today.” -Matt Blauer (living on mission in Thailand, a predominantly Buddhist country)
His words reminded me of this verse:
Galatians 6:9-10: “May we never tire of doing what is good and right before our Lord because in His season we shall bring in a great harvest if we can just persist. So seize any opportunity the Lord gives you to do good things and be a blessing to everyone, especially those within our faithful family.”
I stand with you prayerfully contending for the season of “great harvest” in ministry and mission. The scriptures promise us that if we: “seize any opportunity” to “do good things and be a blessing” we are leading meaningful lives.
If we keep that mindset, we will find the grace to live each day in meaningful work, even if we can’t measure it fully.