Devo What”s for supper
John 4:34-38 (NIV)
34 “My food,” said Jesus, “is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work. 35 Don’t you have a saying, ‘It’s still four months until harvest’? I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest. 36 Even now the one who reaps draws a wage and harvests a crop for eternal life, so that the sower and the reaper may be glad together. 37 Thus the saying ‘One sows and another reaps’ is true. 38 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.”
Growing up I remembered a conversation between my father and grandfather. It is funny how moments in time stick with you. They were talking about gardening and how a man who was gardening a plot of ground just down from my grandfather’s garden had done everything he could think off to get this ground to produce. My grandfather said that one year after I believe it was more than ten years of trying he said to my grandfather: “I am going to fertilize the heck out of that ground and then we’ll see what it does.” That year was one of the worse years for that ground my grandfather said, nothing grew. That fall the man passed away and another man took over the plot of ground and of course everyone had to tell him that ground is no good. The man said I don’t care I want a garden and planted. He did nothing extraordinary, just planted. That year and every year after that land produced the best garden in the area. Amazing what a little vision and never give up attitude will do.
What are you called to do, break up the ground, plant, water, or reap? What’s your call? It is to do the will of the Father not get results. Open your eyes and see what God sees. You have become discourage, because you want to see results not please the Father. Your reward is to hear well done thou good and faithful servant. What more could you want? There was a missionary named Jim Elliot who along with some other men flew down to South America to reach a tribe of Indians that had never been reached. Their plane crashed and they never reached a single tribesmen, but were killed by them within a very short period of time. News of this went all over the world and thousands answered the call and not only was that tribe reached, but thousands of other peoples around the world. Jim’s call was to go not to reach them. His willingness to die is what spoke to others. That’s God’s job. It is the Holy Spirit who does the real work. Back in the 1920s missionaries poured into Liberia Africa. Something like a third or more died in the first year trying to reach these people for Christ, many of whom were cannibals. It was called the white man’s grave. Yet they finally reached these people and cannibalism stopped. I asked God why so many had to die? He simply said that is what spoke to these people,, not living but that they were willing to die for them. What is your food? What gives you life? Stop whining and get about the father’s business. Even if you die yet shall you live. The call can be hard. No one said it was not. Just obey and go.
Pastor Jeff Lane
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