“Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes, and look on the fields, that they are white for harvest.” John 4:35, NASB
I know. I’ve written about this verse before. Yet I can’t resist sharing more.
Do you, like me, read and wonder, Where? Where are the fields that are white for harvest? Most of the people I interact with are Christians. They’ve heard the Gospel, they profess Christianity, and they go to church.
How are we supposed to reap when the fields we’re in already have been harvested?
I can’t take Jesus’ words lightly. Though He spoke them to His disciples thousands of years ago, they remain true today. I desperately want to be part of the action He refers to—I long to gather “fruit for life eternal” (Jn. 4:36). Since I’m having trouble seeing the harvest, my vision must be skewed. Jesus tells us to “lift our eyes.” Surely this means He’s planted people who need Christ Right. Within. Sight.
In my busyness, I must be overlooking something … or someone.
I’m going to pray. Right here and now. Will you join me?
Your Son declared that the fields are white for harvest. Yet my busyness hinders me from seeing the harvest in front of me. Would You enable me to recognize those who need help to know You? Though I can’t read hearts and minds, I can be sensitive to the Spirit’s leading. Would you please remove the distractions I tinker with and replace them with an overwhelming passion for building Your kingdom? You’ve blessed me with an understanding of how to be saved and how to live in relationship with You. It’s through JESUS! Please embolden me to reach beyond my comfort zone, pursuing people for Christ. Jesus is coming soon, and I want to busy myself with Your work—activity that truly matters—until He comes. I lean on You, Lord, because apart from You, I can do nothing (Jn. 15:5). In Jesus’ Mighty name, Amen.
Next, I’m pulling out my notebook and jotting down names of people in my life—people who need Jesus. I hope you’ll do the same…
I just wrote down ten names. While I already pray for a few of these individuals, I now plan to pray for each one regularly. I’m going to ask God to work in their hearts and draw them to Jesus (Jn. 6:44). I’m going to request opportunities to share the Gospel. I’m going to wait expectantly.
Hey, this is pretty exciting! Being on mission for Jesus applies to every Christian. When we make disciples (Matt. 28:19 ), we fulfill the work God prepared for us.
Here’s my challenge: Will you pray for your list of people? Will you stand ready to share the Gospel with them?
If we don’t, who will?
I’d love to hear from you—any thoughts, tips, or progress you experience based on this post. To God be the glory!
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