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Waiting and harvesting
Bible Passage John 4: 35- 38
This content is part of a series Bright Morning Reflections, in topic 2023 & book John.

Waiting and harvesting

  • Rev. Bright Mawuena Nfodzo
Date preached September 28, 2023

35 You say, don’t you, ‘In four more months the harvest will begin?’ Look, I tell you, open your eyes and observe that the fields are ready for harvesting now!

36 The one who harvests is already receiving his wages and gathering a crop for eternal life, so that the one who sows and the one who harvests may rejoice together.

37 In this respect the saying is true: ‘One person sows, and another person harvests.’

38 I have sent you to harvest what you have not worked for. Others have worked, and you have adopted their work as your own.”


The Jews had many proverbs which were often written down so that they could remember them. Jesus repeated a common proverb: ‘in 4 more months the harvest will begin’. It meant that people could not harvest crops immediately. They had to wait for seeds to grow after they had sown them.

After the farmer sows the seed, he/she may have to wait many months before reaping the harvest. But in the case of the Samaritan woman, the seed sown in her heart was already bearing fruit, for the Samaritan villagers were already hurrying across the fields to learn about Jesus.

Then, Jesus reminded them about another common proverb. A person cannot gather a harvest unless someone has sown the seeds first (One person sows, another person harvests). The ‘other people’ that Jesus referred to were probably the prophets in the Old Testament and John the Baptist. They had prepared the people to believe in the Messiah, Jesus.

We need to remember this when we tell people about Jesus. If someone believes in Him, we should not claim the honour for ourselves. Perhaps other people prepared that person to believe.

Or perhaps we tell someone about Jesus, but that person does not believe in Him immediately. We must not allow this matter to disappoint us. That person may hear about Jesus again and then that person may become a Christian. We may never know that we prepared that person to believe. Christians are like a team. We work together with the same purpose: to spread the good news about Jesus. Sometimes we see the results of this, and other times, we do not.

Jesus had sown; the disciples would reap. It was a foretaste of the harvest they would reap from seed sown by messengers of God who had gone before them, from the prophets of Old Testament times to John the Baptist.

Jesus needs people to work for Him today. People who work for Jesus are glad they are doing God’s work. They get ‘good wages’ because God rewards them. ‘Good wages’ does not refer to money in particular. It refers to any of God’s blessings. All the workers are happy at the same time because it is always time for the harvest. We may tell someone about Jesus. At that time, it is as if we are sowing a seed. We have to wait for a seed to grow. But we do not always have to wait for people to believe in Jesus. Some people are ready to believe immediately. We must not miss any opportunity to share the good news about Jesus.

🔷 We must send the good news of Christ Jesus to all indiscriminately for the fields are ripe waiting for the harvest

🔷 We must learn to wait for God’s appointed time to change a person’s heart and turn it towards Him. We can’t always expect to receive immediate results

🔷 As Christians, we must take advantage of every opportunity to spread the message of God to all persons without procrastination

💥 Pray that you will be able to send the message to others
💥 Ask God to give the harvest

Let’s get unto the field now and do our best in the vineyard. This will either sow a seed or harvest what has been sown by the earlier missionaries. Let’s do our best and wait patiently for the Spirit of God to bring the results.

In series Bright Morning Reflections