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Our Call into His Harvest (4 of 6)
We have already seen that God, by His divine power, has given us everything we need in our personal lives to accomplish what we have been called to do. This is also true concerning the mission field of the culture God has prepared all around us. Look at John 4:35-38
35 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. 36 And he that reapeth receiveth wages, and gathereth fruit unto life eternal: that both he that soweth and he that reapeth may rejoice together. 37 And herein is that saying true, One soweth, and another reapeth. 38 I sent you to reap that whereon ye bestowed no labour: other men laboured, and ye are entered into their labours.
We already have what we need to live out our personal spiritual lives and what we need in order to fulfill the calling of God to reach the culture around us. We must lift up our eyes to see the culture that needs the light of the gospel and the mission fields God has already prepared for us to enter. We have been examining the importance of being established in the word, building our foundation on Christ through obedience, having a heart after God and being a people of who are seeking the Lord so we can be teaching and responsive to God's call. All of this is the preparation for our service in ministry so that we can become reapers who gather fruit unto eternal life. Preparation and spiritual disciplines have great profit in our spiritual lives, but this is not our reasonable service to God. Our heavenly reward is not for preparing for missions, but entering into God's harvest and rejoicing in our labors together. I have spoken of this in the past but it is good to keep in remembrance of this important principle. Look at Luke 17:7-10
7 But which of you, having a servant plowing or feeding cattle, will say unto him by and by, when he is come from the field, Go and sit down to meat? 8 And will not rather say unto him, Make ready wherewith I may sup, and gird thyself, and serve me, till I have eaten and drunken; and afterward thou shalt eat and drink? 9 Doth he thank that servant because he did the things that were commanded him? I trow not. 10 So likewise ye, when ye shall have done all those things which are commanded you, say, We are unprofitable servants: we have done that which was our duty to do.
On the surface this seems like a harsh statement. Why would Jesus tell us that after we have done the work we should not expect to be thanked or rewarded? For starters, God owes us nothing for our labors. There will never come a time in your life where you have labored and put God in debt to you. You were bought with a price and giving yourself to God as a living sacrifice is your reasonable service to Him. Consider these two passages:
1 Corinthians 6:20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify Go ...
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