The Harvest

Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest?  behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest.  And he that reapeth receiveth wages, and gathereth fruit unto life eternal: that both he that soweth and he that reapeth may rejoice together.  And herein is that saying true, One soweth, and another reapeth.

John 4:35-37

In these verses, Jesus gives the disciples (and us) some needed advice on “the harvest.”  The context of this advice was Jesus telling the disciples (when they worried about Him getting something to eat) that His meat was “to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work.”  Jesus was trying to help the woman at the well and the people she brought out of the city.  The disciples wanted to know what was for dinner.  They did not have the same urgency about the kingdom of God and the things of God that Jesus had.

“Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest?”  We can look at the fields of wheat or corn and easily predict when the harvest will be.  We can even, to an extent, look at the calendar and predict when the harvest will be.  But we cannot do that with the souls of men.  We cannot look at them and know what day will be their last.  We cannot know exactly when the Lord might return.  For those reasons, our harvest is always right now.  This day is the only one that we have and may be the last opportunity we have to work in the field of the Lord.

“Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest.”  There are people everywhere who need the Lord.  What are we doing today in the area of sowing the seed and reaping the harvest?

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