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Get Ready For The Harvest

By Don Loftis | 03.21.18

While the disciples had journeyed on into town seeking food, Jesus spent time talking with a woman at a well.  After she left and the disciples returned, Jesus said, “Do you not say, ‘There are yet four months, and then comes the harvest’?  Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look on the fields, that they are white for harvest.” (John 4:35).  The key to Jesus’ challenge lies in two often overlooked facts.

 

First, this is set in Samaria.  As the following verses reveal, these half breed Jews who were so hated by their southern neighbors were ready to embrace Jesus.  The Pharisees rejected Jesus, but these religious rejects responded.  Is it possible that we fail to see the harvest, because we prejudge some based on race or dress, and limit our efforts to those more like us?

 

Secondly, Jesus told His disciples to “lift up your eyes.”  The Common English Bible translates the phrase as, “open your eyes.”  Too often we become obsessed with our own needs and fail to look away from the mirror.  Or we become near sighted, and only picture the people in our pews or on our own streets.  Jesus wanted them to broaden their vision to see others who were ready to listen.  In our world, who do we need to see?

 

In Matthew 9:37-38, Jesus again recognized the impending harvest and prayed for more workers.  He needs all of us to open our eyes to the harvest around us today.  If we wait “four months”, it will be too late for some — their harvest will have passed.  Eternity is too long for us to miss the opportunity to reach out to the lost.

 


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