“Thus the saying ‘One sows and another reaps’ is true. I sent you to reap what you have not worked for. Others have done the hard work, and you have reaped the benefits of their labor.”

John 4:37-38

As Jesus rested by the well in Samaria, the disciples went food shopping. Upon returning, they were shocked that Jesus had spent His time interacting with a woman of ill-repute, offering her His living water which, He said, would become “a spring of water welling up to eternal life” (v. 14).

The Jews of that day didn’t associate with Samaritans. Yet seed had been sown, and the time of harvest was near. In the end, many Samaritans believed in Jesus because of the woman’s testimony. Others went directly to where Jesus was to hear His words for themselves and became believers.

Despite the humble circumstances of the 12 disciples when Jesus called them, it must have been difficult not to feel somewhat prideful at being chosen to be with Him. As kingdom workers in this present age, we must also guard against pride and judgment toward others whom we may not consider worthy of God’s life and love. Jesus declared that whosoever chooses may come to Him. His love through us will draw others into life in God’s eternal kingdom.




Scripture Focus

John 4:34-38

Insight

If Jesus came for unlikely people such as the Samaritan woman, a crooked tax collector, and lowly shepherds, He came for you, too!

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