To Finish His Work - Part II
“In the mean while his disciples prayed him, saying, Master, eat. But he said unto them, I have meat to eat that ye know not of. Therefore said the disciples one to another, Hath any man brought him ought to eat? Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work. Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest. And he that reapeth receiveth wages, and gathereth fruit unto life eternal: that both he that soweth and he that reapeth may rejoice together. And herein is that saying true, One soweth, and another reapeth. I sent you to reap that whereon ye bestowed no labour: other men laboured, and ye are entered into their labours.” —John 4:31-38
Last month in Part I of this article, we brought out that the great truth of this story was “to do the will of Him who sent Me.” Never forget the most important thing in the world is the will of God. As well, it is impossible to know the will of God apart from His Word and daily communion with Him.
Now let’s look at the remaining truth found in these verses.
Say Not Ye, There Are Yet Four Months, And Then Cometh Harvest?
This question refers to the three seasonal harvests of Israel: In the month of April was the first, the barley harvest. About 50 days later, in June, was the wheat harvest, followed by the fruit harvest in October.
As the Lord spoke these words, it was the time of the wheat harvest, therefore the focus should have been on the gathering in of the wheat, before making plans for the coming fruit harvest.
The spiritual lesson the Lord was trying to teach His disciples then, as well as the church of today, is simply this: The harvest is now.
The Harvest Is Now!
The need is right before your eyes. Don’t put off what needs to be done today. Don’t delay; act now—the harvest is now.
The priority of ministry must ever be souls. In effect, Jesus was telling us all: “Look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest.”
The Lord came to fulfill the will of the Father, and we are here to fulfill the will of our Saviour. As stated, souls being saved is the priority of Jesus Christ.
In brief, let me state what the priority of the church should be:
• Salvation of souls
• Believers baptized in the Holy Spirit
• Divine healing
• Deliverance from bondage
• Foreign missions
• The preaching of the Bible to the saints, that they may grow in the grace and knowledge of the Lord.
Fruit Unto Life Eternal
The fruit the Lord was speaking of is the salvation of souls. I don’t know about you, but I want as much fruit as my basket can hold. Lord give me souls.
One Soweth And Another Reapeth
This statement tells us that the Lord has a part for each person to play, one sows and another reaps.
Whatever is done for Christ is done through much labor on the part of many different people. Everyone must play his part that the Lord has willed for him.
SBN is here for one reason and that is “to finish His work,” but we can’t do it alone. We must have the help of many in order to reach the many.
Help us “to finish His work.”
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