Faith Moment
August 24, 2015
Harvest Now

One of the most powerful challenges Jesus gave to his followers came in a most unexpected setting. You remember the story. Jesus and his disciples were traveling by foot from Jerusalem to Galilee. They chose the direct but most dangerous route—through Samaria. At historic Jacob’s well near Sychar the Master stopped for a brief rest and sent his disciples into the village, hoping to purchase some food. It was about noon. A Samaritan woman came alone to the well to draw water, and Jesus asked her for a drink. What followed was an amazing dialogue between Jesus and the woman—a woman whose five marriages had all ended in failure. Picture the scene: Jesus, the Son of the Living God, and a woman whose life had fallen to pieces but was about to be radically transformed.

Near the end of their conversation, the disciples returned to the well with food. They were surprised to find the Master talking with a woman—especially a Samaritan woman. They had missed all but the final song. She was on her way back to the village to announce she had just had an encounter with the Messiah at the town well!

The disciples offered food to their leader, but food was not on his mind. What was on his mind was harvest. Not the seasonal harvest that was four months away. Rather, Jesus saw that a spiritual harvest was imminent—even in a most unexpected place. Right there at Sychar, in hostile territory—where Samaritans and Jews hated each other. He said to his men,

“Do you think the work of harvesting will not begin until the summer ends four months from now? Look around you! Vast fields are ripening all around us and are ready now for the harvest.” John 4:35 NLB

Do things around you look discouraging? Does your situation seem hope-less? Do you feel that your efforts for God are nearly over? Are you unappreciated? Under resourced? Does the season of opportunity look far away? Rejoice! God’s work—and your part in it—has barely begun!

With love,

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