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White For Harvest

June 9, 2019

By Jason Guenther

The Purpose of our Life on Earth

John 4:33-38
Jesus said unto them, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me and to accomplish His work. Do you not say, ‘There are yet four months, and then comes the harvest’? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look on the fields, that they are white for harvest. Already he who reaps is receiving wages and is gathering fruit for life eternal; so that he who sows and he who reaps may rejoice together. For in this case the saying is true, ‘One sows and another reaps.’ I sent you to reap that for which you have not labored; others have labored and you have entered into their labor.”

-We are saved in order to glorify God and build the church. Our salvation is not simply to fix our broken lives, but to labor in the kingdom of God.
-Our justification before God in Christ’s forgiveness allows us to seek and serve Him, while living out our salvation daily brings sanctification. But our sanctification also takes other Christians who are more mature to walk with us.
-Those who walk with us help us, and in much the same way we are to walk with others, even though we will always be walking out our own salvation.
-Gods primary concern for us is not our happiness but His glory, and our purpose is not our happiness but building the church.

Jesus wants YOU for kingdom purpose!

-All who are saved are laborers. We are here on earth to labor. While his specific purpose varies person to person, doing the will of God is what we were made for.
-Until we labor in the kingdom we will never fulfill what we were designed for and we will never truly be satisfied.
-Jesus wants all of us for Kingdom work. If we are saved and have a relationship with Jesus then we are called to Kingdom purpose, but living in it daily can be very challenging.
-Whether you have been saved many years or just a short time, you are called to labor.

Two Different Types of Labor

-There are two distinctions of laborers, those who sow, and those who reap. Those who sow may labor in others lives without seeing the fruit, but the work is full of joy knowing that God is working in their lives.
-Those who sow and those who reap can rejoice when people get saved and set free. Even if we don’t personally see the fruit, there is joy in knowing that God is working in their lives.

We Have Everything We Need

- The devil wants to bring discouragement to our labor in many ways. Whether we have condemnation, fear, feeling of disqualification, or selfish ambition, if we seek first he kingdom of God and his Righteousness then all hear things will be added to us.
- Our salvation gets worked out through our serving God. We do not lack, because we have everything we need for life and godliness.
-If we are waiting for God to bring change before we serve God, maybe our change will come once we serve God.
- Laboring can look like many things: in the administration of the church, working with children, serving in the back. It may be at school or work, or praying for others. Anytime we are prompted from the Lord to share his gospel and love we are laboring.
- We can learn to have the heart of the father where the good shepherd will leave the 99 sheep to find the one who is lost. Let us find the heart of the father, and go do it!

The Harvest is Plentiful but the Laborers are few

Matt 10:1-2
"The harvest is plentiful but the laborers are few. Therefore beseech the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into the harvest."

-God asked laborers to pray for more laborers, because the message of the kingdom is self-propagating until the whole world is full of the glory of God. However, it needs someone to sow the seed and someone to harvest the fruit.
-If we miss the calling of God to labor we can miss what God is doing. People looking for God can go right by us. So let us ask God to lead us, look for where God is moving, and labor in it.
-We will reach a place of maturity where we are more concerned with what God is doing than what we need in our daily lives.
- If we look to God and serve him, two things will happen: 1: God will be glorified and people may get saved. 2: Our own issues will become less important and we will accelerate our own maturing.

We Use What God Gave Us and Don’t Look Back

- We also must use what God has given us in this life for his Glory. In the story of the three servants and the talents, the final servant hid the talent and did not use it. He was cast out.
- Conversely Jesus also warned the disciples that “no one, after putting his hand to the plow and looking back is fit for the kingdom of God”.
- So in our salvation we voluntarily choose to serve God,  and we cannot look back, or shrink back from what God is doing. We are called to go with God into what he is doing.