Scripture: "And he who reaps receives wages, and gathers fruit for eternal life, that both he who sows and he who reaps may rejoice together."
Reflection: In Jesus' message to His disciples, he was drawing attention to the harvest. Whether you are a "reaper" or a "sower," it doesn't matter, both "may rejoice together." "God" is the One who causes "the increase" anyway (1 Corinthians 3:7). Only He can change the heart. We are only to sow the seed and call them to respond.
Application: Are you laboring to sow seed and striving to reap? Be encouraged that no matter if you are a sower or a reaper, you are being faithful to the task of evangelism. Let this be a message of hope to persevere even when it doesn't look like there is a harvest.
The New King James Version (Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1982), Jn 4:36.