There is an amazing connection that Jesus makes in John 4 between His conversation with the Samaritan woman and His comments to the disciples that follows. While their attention had been on food (physical needs), Jesus’ actions and words focused on the spiritual needs of an outcast. This was His food; doing “the will of Him who sent Me and to accomplish His work” (John 4:34). For Jesus, there was no greater satisfying food than meeting the spiritual hunger of this woman.Jesus then tells His disciples that the harvest was coming really soon – four months! Then He makes a very startling statement; “Look, I tell you, lift up your eyes and see that the fields are white for harvest” (John 4:35). Allow me to put this in my own paraphrase, ‘get your eyes off material things and see that there is a spiritual harvest that is waiting to be reaped right now! The whiteness of the fields signifies that there is no time to waste. The harvest work must be done NOW!
The sense of urgency in Jesus’ words then are just as urgent today. I do not say this because we are surrounded by a world that is politically and economically falling apart. I say this because God the Father’s plan for the church is about to be completed, and He wants you and me fully engaged in the work that will complete HIS PLAN! “Look, I tell you, lift up your eyes and see.” This does not require money, education, organizations, or buildings. It only requires the eyes of your heart.
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