Today's verses are John 4: 36-39: "Already the one who reaps is receiving wages and gathering fruit for eternal life, so that sower and reaper may rejoice together. For here the saying holds true, 'One sows and another reaps.' I sent you to reap that for which you did not labor. Others have labored, and you have entered into their labor.' Many Samaritans from that town believed in him because of the woman's testimony, 'He told me all that I ever did.'" My child, everyone in life is seeking joy. They want that internal joy that is missing from their lives. I came so that you may have a unique joy. It comes from seeing other people come to faith in me because of your testimony about me. It is a joy like no other one!
Others have labored and sowed seeds before you. My predecessors sowed the seeds before me. There were the Old Testament writers and prophets. There was most certainly John the Baptist, who cleared the path for my entrance on the ministry scene. Then I came, to proclaim the Good News of the kingdom of God. All of our work together, all the seeds we sowed through the ages together, has now allowed you to see souls brought to my Father in heaven.
Again, there is no greater joy. To see your life helping another gain eternal life is like no other joy!
When the woman at the well left me, she went into the town of Sychar and shared her encounter with me. She gave the people in her city her testimony. She told them how I knew all that she had ever done. She told them how I'd looked deep into her soul and saw how thirsty and parched it was. She told them of the living water I offered. And many Samaritans in the town believed in me.
She simply offered them her testimony. She simply told them what I had done for her in her life. It has always been the most effective way of reaching others for me. People can argue about my identity and the truth of God's Word. They can debate salvation and eternal realities. But what someone cannot debate is your testimony. They cannot debate what I've done for you in your life.
Today, allow me to lead you to someone who needs to know about me, a person who needs to know me. In your conversation with him/her, simply share what I've done for you. Share the new life I've given you. Share the peace in your soul, the forgiveness of your sins. Tell him/her about your new purpose. Simply share your testimony. Then leave the results to me. Cooperated sowing and reaping continues! This time, you are sowing the seeds. I will harvest the souls. We do this together, in divine cooperation and mission. You simply be responsible for the sowing. It is my job now to do the reaping.
As you see their hearts move toward me, experience a joy like you've never experienced before. Experience the absolute, eternal joy of knowing your life has affected another person's movement toward me and eternal life. It's a joy like no other.
You can trust me today.