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June 7, 2013

Experiencing joy in sowing God’s Word

by Dave Malnes

Being God’s ambassador means delivering a message of reconciliation to all people. The message centers on what Christ has already done for us on the cross. It’s a message of victory! By faith alone, a soul receives the full benefits of the victory Christ won for us. There is great joy when the miracle of faith occurs and a soul is declared perfectly righteous in God’s eyes and 100% worthy of heaven.

A soul receiving faith is described in God’s Word as a harvest. Like a stalk of wheat or a tree bearing fruit, a mature plant ready to be harvested must start with the planting of a seed. The same goes for sharing God’s Word. God’s ambassadors sow the seeds of God’s Word by delivering an all-important message. Christians take joy when those seeds take root and a person comes to faith by the power of the Holy Spirit. There is joy in the harvest and we are reminded that joy can also be found in the act of sowing

158829_7143Consider these verses from the gospel of John:

“My food,” said Jesus, “is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work. Don’t you have a saying, ‘It’s still four months until harvest’? I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest. Even now the one who reaps draws a wage and harvests a crop for eternal life, so that the sower and the reaper may be glad together. Thus the saying ‘One sows and another reaps’ is true.

The joy of sowing comes from trusting God’s promises that we can be used in the process — even when we may never know the results. We may never have the opportunity to witness the reaping while here on this earth. Yet, I believe one of the joys of heaven will be a soul thanking a Christian for taking the time to plant the seed of God’s Word in their heart.

We can go to the Lord in prayer:

“Lord, grant within us the fruit of joy when we follow through with the act of sowing God’s Word. So often, Lord, our eyes are closed to the fields before us. We ask you to open our eyes and see the work that is being done and the work that we could be doing — all according to your purpose and your glory. Allow us, Lord, to see the lost as you see them. Allow us to love them as you love them. Allow the fruit of joy to grow in our spiritual life as we continue to trust your promises and the power of Your Word!  In your name we pray Amen.”

More prayers for the mission-minded Christian:

Sharing God’s message means trusting in the message not ourselves

The privilege of being God’s ambassadors

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