“Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields.” Jesus was speaking to His disciples. He had been in a conversation with a Samaritan woman at the well near Sychar in Samaria. He had revealed Himself as the Messiah and the woman had returned to the city to tell all the people. The disciples had returned from Sychar with food for Jesus to eat. Jesus told them that He had meat that they knew nothing about. “That meat,” He said, “is to do the will of Him that sent Me, and to finish His work.” He went on to tell them not to say that there were still four months until harvest- implying that the time for harvest is NOW! Jesus told His disciples to look at the fields! He was telling them to look at the people around them. See the needs of those around you. They should not have to wait four months before someone comes alongside to help them! Time is of the essence when the harvest is ready.
We must realize that God is not waiting for us to get ready before He starts working in people’s lives. He expects us to be ready (in season and out of season- as Paul put it) when it is convenient and when it is not convenient. Recently, one of our youth stood in the pulpit with great conviction in her heart, and said “I just want to encourage all of us- youth and adults alike- to get out of our comfort zones and trust the Lord to use us!” What a great word for all of us. To get out of our “comfort zone” and trust the Lord to do what we cannot do by ourselves! The crops are wasting in the fields, and the harvesters are sitting in the house!
The harvest is real! The consequences are eternal! People everywhere are looking for the answers to life and eternity. Let’s break up our fallow ground and get prepared to be actively involved in the greatest work in the world- bringing people to Jesus! Jesus said, “He that reaps receives wages, and gathers fruit unto eternal life; that he that sows and he that reaps may rejoice together!” (John 4:36)