So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. The man who plants and the man who waters have one purpose, and each will be rewarded according to his own labor.
1 Corinthians 3:7-8
This is one of those passages that gives me great joy as a minister of the Gospel. It helps to keep me in line with God’s calling upon my life.
It tells me that all the various ministries in the body of Christ have one purpose. That’s to make known the riches of a relationship with Jesus Christ.
That’s good, but the second half is even better. Everyone will be rewarded according to his own labor. That’s a great statement. I’m not going to be judged based on what you did, but my own unique calling.
We all have different personalities, strengths, weaknesses, and challenges. Praise God!! He judges me as an individual. That’s good news. We’re each rewarded for our own work in Christ.
The Lord made mention of this with His disciples. It was during the time when He met with the woman at the well.
Do you not say, ‘Four months more and then the harvest’? I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest. Even now the reaper draws his wages, even now he harvests the crop for eternal life, so that the sower and the reaper may be glad together.
One question that needs to be asked when we read this verse is; who’s the reaper that’s receiving his wages? The answer should be obvious – it’s Christ!
Usually, we think of this reward for our labor as in the future. But we need to look carefully at what Jesus said. The reaper IS RECEIVING His wages. I HAVE food you don’t know about. The sower and the reaper can be happy together.
It sounds to me like there’s a reward, in this life, for fulfilling the Lord’s will. That’s something we need to think about.
Who was the sower that Jesus referenced? I believe that He was talking about the woman. Listen to what the townspeople said about her.
Many of the Samaritans from that town believed in him because of the woman’s testimony, “He told me everything I ever did.”
They said to the woman, “We no longer believe just because of what you said; now we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this man really is the Savior of the world.”
What was her reward? I don’t really know. It might have been children or a stable family of her own. We have to wait to find out about her in Heaven.
The fact is, that there’s no need to get jealous about ministry among God’s people. It’s all about the Kingdom of God increasing. Everything in our lives is all directly related to the principle of sowing and reaping.
The bottom line is that the Samaritans ultimately believed because they heard Jesus speak. It’s our job to bring people to a personal encounter with Christ in the unique way God has called us to do it. That’s where we receive great rewards.
Question: What are some Gospel seeds you have planted?
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