…one sows another reaps… John 4:27-42 One of the most frustrating things is to sow and watch someone else reap from your hard work. We like to think that we will get some benefit out of our sowing. For who sows without expectation of some reaping? If nothing comes from the sowing we are disappointed, but somehow not as frustrated as seeing someone else benefit. It often works out that we too reap where we did not sow. We must have faith that if everyone called by God sows, then everyone who is called will also reap, either by the work of our own hands or the hands of another. Jesus spoke, that all may hear and believe. We are called to speak the Gospel and as faith comes by hearing, it is God who opens the ears. So as we speak in spirit and truth, we sow. We are testimony that we have reaped from hearing someone else who has spoken and sown in spirit and truth.
And now I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. John 17:1-11 Let Go and Let God. We say that a lot don’t we? We say it both to our selves and to one another to keep us from being bound up. Yet sometimes no matter how much we try to convince ourselves to let something go, occasionally – something reminds us that we haven’t totally left a painful or discouraging situation behind. Interestingly, it is also difficult to let go of good situations as well, for example when someone with which we come to have a special relationship, moves or passes away. This is what the disciples are faced with during this discourse with Jesus before he is taken away by the authorities. Letting go is difficult! Anything that has an effect on our lives, good or bad – we have a hard time letting it go. No one understands this more than God. In terms of the body, all physical relationships are temporary. So too Jesus relationship with his disciples was temporary, but not without purpose. We still live that relationship today because of the evangelical Spirit of the Gospel which the disciples received – now falling on us. The process of letting go is allowing the human relationship to be replaced with the divine. Letting Go isn’t so much about releasing something as it is about replacing it with the consciousness of the Spirit of God and who God has called us to be and do, in order that we may move forward in times of loss, pain or opportunities for growth.
…the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, support, strengthen, and establish you. 1 Peter 4:12-14, 5:6-11