Monday, May 2, 2011

The Humble Worker


The Humble Worker
“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 4:38


            I never really realized this verse before. Jesus said this to his disciples and I think it really carries some heavy meaning. Sometimes when we work or serve God, we look at our actions and we think really highly of ourselves. It might be with helping the poor, or giving power to the impoverished. This is especially true when we help get a problem solved in an individual’s life, or see them come to know God. However, Jesus says that there are other people that could have worked on that same soul. Maybe someone worked hard in their life to show them the love of God. Maybe a family member of friend spent a lot of time in prayer and fasting for that individual, yet we are the ones that “reap the harvest”. We need to remember, that it is not you that does good works, it is all of us. We all work together for a common goal. Some take time to really plant the seeds while others remove the plant. Realizing this can really humble a person.
            This verse also encourages the hard worker: the planter. You might be really striving to lead someone to God or just show love to an individual. Your work is not in vain. You might not see the harvest, but have confidence that one day there will be a harvest.