John 4:37-38 – The Long Haul

Daily Devotions Bible Verses

For here the saying holds true, ‘One sows and another reaps.’ I sent you to reap that for which you did not labor. Others have labored, and you have entered into their labor.”
(John 4:37-38 ESV)

It’s very easy to get caught up in the “go big, go fast, or go home” mentality. This can also creep into the church and our Christian walk. Almost every story you hear of church planting success is of how a gifted leader started with almost nothing and then the congregation just blew up overnight. Seldom do we hear a leader share about long years of faithful labor with little initial fruit, but how God was still at work; regardless of the numbers.

In John 4, Jesus wants the disciples to know that the spiritual harvest they were experiencing was the result of a long-term process and the labor of others. Others had gone before them, tilling the ground, planting the seed and watering the soil; and now they were witnessing the harvest. We can get as caught up in the “reaping” as the disciples probably were. This can happen in our ministry circles, or even with friends that we hope will come to see the saving grace of Jesus. We often focus on the harvest as opposed to the tilling, sowing, watering, and cultivating that must occur before we reap. In other words, we want to see the end result and not just experience the work that comes before. This can also cause us to be discouraged when we don’t see quick results in our ministry. However, we can be encouraged by Jesus’ words and realize that the work we are doing now will bring a harvest even; if we aren’t there to be a part of it.

Be faithful with the small but significant doors God has opened in people’s lives around you, and have a long-haul view when investing in those lives. Recognize and celebrate God’s work in the lives of others, even when it isn’t harvest time.

Judges 2:10-11 – A Lost Generation

Daily Devotional Bible Verses

And all that generation also were gathered to their fathers. And there arose another generation after them who did no know the Lord or the work that he had done for Israel. And the people of Israel did what was evil in the sight of the Lord and served the Baals. (Judges 2:10-11)

How amazing! A whole generation that didn’t “know the Lord or the work that he had done”. How could this happen to God’s chosen people? These were the same people He performed miracle after miracle for. Again, a whole generation of Israelites don’t know who God was! This might seem like a familiar story to you if you live in the United States. A generation is currently on the rise that has never stepped foot into church, read their Bible, or even learned about Jesus. What do we make of this?

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Galatians 5:7-9 – Leaven

Daily Devotional Bible Verses

You were running well. Who hindered you from obeying the truth? This persuasion is not from him who calls you. A little leaven leavens the whole lump. (Galatians 5:7-9 ESV)

Leaven is a substance, typically yeast, that is added to dough to make it rise. It only takes a small amount and the entire lump of dough has been permeated by the yeast and will begin rising. Throughout the Bible leaven is used as an analogy for evil that creeps into the lives of people. Jesus tells the disciples to watch out for it (Matthew 16:6) and Paul mentions it again in (1 Corinthians 5:6-7). Paul is specifically referencing a legalism that has creeped into the Gospel at the church in Galatia, and has actually twisted it, distorting the Gospel’s truth. Paul’s word were relevant then, and they are applicable to our lives today.

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