Sowers And Reapers Rejoicing Together

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Daily God Walk For Thursday, February 7, 2013

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 4:36-38

There are few things in life that bring more satisfaction than a job well done. You can probably remember the time that you put a lot of effort into a project and wondered all along the way if it was going to work, would it be appreciated, would it be a big flop, and all the other questions that come up as you struggle to complete the work. Then it is finished. You look at the completed work and have that sense of completeness that comes from knowing you have done a good job.
Jesus is talking about that kind of joy in this passage. The word that is translated “rejoicing” is chairo .It means to be full of cheer, that is, calmly happy or well off. He seems to be telling us that when we have done a job well there is a certain sense of calmness, a sense of well being, that comes from the accomplishment.
In this passage Jesus mentions the many hands that go into a worthy project, “One sows another reaps.” Much of what we accomplish in life, in fact, nearly all worthwhile projects, require the cooperation of many.
Another point that he makes is the satisfaction of a job well done often depends on how willing we are to share the work and the credit with others. Sharing the credit with others produces rejoicing among many.

Prayer: Lord, I have the tendency to look at my work and want all the credit myself. Grant me the grace to recognize the part others play in my victories and include them in my times of rejoicing, In Jesus name, amen.

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