Reflecting on God’s Word . . .

John 4:31-38 NLT
Meanwhile, the disciples were urging Jesus, “Rabbi, eat something.” [32] But Jesus replied, “I have a kind of food you know nothing about.” [33] “Did someone bring him food while we were gone?” the disciples asked each other. [34] Then Jesus explained: “My nourishment comes from doing the will of God, who sent me, and from finishing his work. [35] You know the saying, ‘Four months between planting and harvest.’ But I say, wake up and look around. The fields are already ripe for harvest. [36] The harvesters are paid good wages, and the fruit they harvest is people brought to eternal life. What joy awaits both the planter and the harvester alike! [37] You know the saying, ‘One plants and another harvests.’ And it’s true. [38] I sent you to harvest where you didn’t plant; others had already done the work, and now you will get to gather the harvest.”

Reflection . . .

The fruit of the harvest is “people brought to eternal life.”

So much of so called “Evangelical Christianity” has left out this essential part of the Gospel. The Gospel, the Good News of Jesus Christ has been communicated by so many, leaving out this critical element of the message. It has become more about a good story, one of many options. It’s become about all the great things that Jesus has done and even how his teaching impacts us. It’s become about seeing God’s kingdom come in Jesus Christ, but communicating a message without confronting sin and what Christ has done to rescue us from sin and find forgiveness is a Gospel without power and practical application.

The practical application of the Gospel is this: believing that Jesus is the Son of God. Harvesters and planters are those who take the Good News of Jesus, the Gospel to others and help them believe in Him.