The Joy of Sowing

Being God’s ambassador means delivering a message of reconciliation to all people. The message centers on what Christ has already done for us on the cross. It is a message of victory! By faith alone, a soul receives the full benefits of the victory Christ won for us. There is great joy when the miracle of faith occurs and a soul is perfect and righteous in God’s eyes and 100% worthy of heaven.

God’s Words pictures a soul receiving faith as a harvest. Like a stalk of wheat or a tree bearing fruit, a mature plant ready for harvest must begin with the planting of a seed. The same goes for sharing God’s Word.

God’s ambassadors are like seasoned farmers. They confidently sow the seeds of God’s Word and fully expect a harvest someday. When the seeds of the gospel take root and a person comes to faith through the power of the Holy Spirit, Christians receive joy in the harvest.

For those faithful messengers of the gospel, we can also take joy in the act of sowing.  We trust God will use this work according to his purpose and timetable.

“My food,” said Jesus, “is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work. 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. 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. 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 4:34-38)

The joy of sowing comes from trusting God’s promise that Christians are used in the miracle of faith — even when we may never know the results. We may never have the opportunity to witness the reaping while here on this earth. Yet, I believe one of the joys of heaven will be a soul thanking a Christian for taking the time and having the courage to plant the seed of God’s Word in their heart.

We can go to the Lord in prayer:

“Lord, grant within us the fruit of joy when we follow through with the act of sowing God’s Word. So often, Lord, our eyes are closed to the fields before us. We ask you to open our eyes and see the work that is being done and the work that we could be doing — all according to your purpose and your glory. Allow us, Lord, to see the lost as you see them. Allow us to love them as you love them. Allow the fruit of joy to grow in our spiritual life as we continue to trust your promises and the power of Your Word!  In your name we pray, Amen.”