Christian, Christian, On a Mission, How Does Your Lifestyle Grow? Part Five – The Harvest: Fruit for Your Labor

Matthew 9:37–38 (NKJV)
37 Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few. 38 Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.”

A Great Harvest
A Small Workforce
Prayer for the Harvest
Laborers

John 4:34–38 (NKJV)
34 Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to finish His work. 35 Do you not say, ‘There are still four months and then comes the harvest’? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are already white for harvest!

The Harvest is not far away
The Harvest is upon us!

36 And he who reaps receives wages, and gathers fruit for eternal life, that both he who sows and he who reaps may rejoice together. 37 For in this the saying is true: ‘One sows and another reaps.’ 38 I sent you to reap that for which you have not labored; others have labored, and you have entered into their labors.”

Reapers Receive Wages
Sowers and Reapers rejoice together
We Reap Where another has sown

Luke 6:43–45 (NKJV)
43 “For a good tree does not bear bad fruit, nor does a bad tree bear good fruit. 44 For every tree is known by its own fruit. For men do not gather figs from thorns, nor do they gather grapes from a bramble bush.

The Fruit Matches the Tree
You are Identified by Your Fruit
Figs, Thorns, Grapes, and Bramble Bushes

45 A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.

Good Men Have Good Treasures in Their Hearts
Evil Men Produce Evil
The Abundance of the Heart Speaks

John 15:1–8 (NKJV)
15:1 “I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. 2 Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit. 3 You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. 4 Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me.

The True Vine: the Real Source
The Necessity of Bearing Fruit
Pruning: Hard but Necessary
Abide in Him and Let Him Abide in You
You Cannot Bear Fruit Without Him

5 “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. 6 If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned. 7 If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. 8 By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.

The Vine and the Branches
Abiding Brings Fruitfulness
Non-Fruitfulness Causes Withering and Waste
The Abiding Word Brings Faith and Blessings
Fruitfulness Glorifies the Father.

Takeaway Thoughts

Pray the Lord of the Harvest…
The Fields Are White
The Tree is Known By Its Fruit
The Vine Feeds The Branches. Don’t Get Cut Off!
The Lord Provides the Harvest. Reap!

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