May 29, 2009
(This is my June devotional for my women's ministry newsletter.)
Growing up, I used to pick buckets full of blackberries at my great-grandparents’ house. I would suffer the scratches and cuts that the thorns would inflict on my tender little arms to get the sweet reward of the delicious berries. (I probably ate more than I managed to provide to my Momo for cobbler-making.) I enjoyed reaping the harvest that my Momo and Popo had pain-stakingly planted.
Flash-forward 25+ years…I now have my own blackberry bushes on the back of my driveway. I just happened to discover them one year when Jason had been a little lax on weed-eating one summer. I did not plant these bushes, yet my family gets to enjoy the labors of someone else’s hands, just like I did when I was a child.
As Christians, you and I are the harvest of the work of many seen and unseen hands. As you think of all the people who had a hand in your spiritual development, you probably think of pastors, Sunday school teachers, parents, grandparents, etc., that helped you mature in your faith. You get to reap the harvest of all the work they put into you. Your faith is the product of their time and labor.
In John 4:37-38, Jesus says “Thus the saying 'One sows and another reaps' is true… Others have done the hard work, and you have reaped the benefits of their labor." Aren’t you glad that someone put their effort into you? I am so thankful to all the hands that helped shape me into who I have become in Jesus Christ. I pray that the lives that God has seen fit for me to touch will be filled with the harvest of faith and love for Jesus. What kind of spiritual legacy are you planting for those around you and for generations to come?
God Bless You!—Lianne