Memory Verse: “I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest!” John 4: 35 NIV
The ‘food’ about which Jesus was speaking was His spiritual nourishment. It includes more than Bible study, prayer, and attending church. Spiritual nourishment also comes from doing God’s will and helping to bring His work of salvation to completion. We are nourished, not only by what we take in, but also by what we give out for God. How are some ways we can feel ‘spiritually fed’? Consider ways to work for God so that through you, His will can be done.
Tuesday: John 4:35
Sometimes Christians excuse themselves from witnessing by saying that their family or friends aren’t ready to believe. Jesus, however, makes it clear that around us a continual harvest waits to be reaped. Don’t let Jesus find you making excuses. Spend some time this week looking at those around you. Regardless of their outward appearance or attitude, reach out to them to share Jesus.
Wednesday: John 4:36-38
The wages Jesus offers are the joy of working for Him and seeing the harvest of believers. These wages come to sower and reaper alike because both find joy in seeing new believers come into Christ’s kingdom. The phrase ‘others have done the hard work’ may refer to the Old Testament prophets and to John the Baptist, who paved the way for the gospel. Make a list of old testament prophets and how they sowed seeds within the hearts of those around them. How did they impact Christianity as a whole? What can we do to continue the process of sowing and reaping?
(Consider working in teams to make Thursday and Fridays study a competition: each team will need a Bible and pen & paper to record their answers)
The Bible was originally written to those living in an agrarian society, familiar with farming techniques. Many parables involve the farming life. So, what are some of the key principles we learn from the Bible about sowing and reaping? Look up the following scripture references and record what you learn about sowing and reaping. Answers are at the end of Friday.
- Sowing and reaping is a law of the natural world.
- A harvest requires laborers.
- There isn’t a harvest without God.
- We reap in kind to what we sow
- We reap proportionately to what we sow
- We reap more than we sow