So here is a concept, the guy who harvests is following the one planting seed in the next tractor. Talk about miracle grow!
The sketchy woman Jesus was talking to is now wandering all over town telling folks about this Man who must be the Messiah. Gathering crowds and drawing them back to the well, where the living water is flowing freely.
In the mean time Jesus is telling the boys that things are about to change – and in fact are different already.
Do you not say, ‘There are yet four months, and then comes the harvest’? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes, and look on the fields, that they are white for harvest. Already he who reaps is receiving wages, and is gathering fruit for life eternal; that he who sows and he who reaps may rejoice together. For in this case the saying is true, ‘One sows, and another reaps.’ I sent you to reap that for which you have not labored; others have labored, and you have entered into their labor. (John 4: 35-38 NASB)
When Jesus looks at the field, He sees a ready harvest.
We look at our current methods of growing and nurturing and fertilizing, and think – 4 months and I can collect on this investment.
Don’t we do that with our evangelism too? Don’t we think, I need to befriend this person, and let them get to know me, and earn the right to plant seed, and then water it with repeated sharing, caring, loving, prayer, and all that goes with it.
Hey – it’s a great plan, and it works sometimes.
But Jesus looks at the field and says – hey let’s bring in the sheaves! Grab your sickles boys, and lets get out there.
Specifically – He scattered a handful of seed into the unturned soil of this woman’s heart right around lunch time, and before dinner she would return with a catch that would threaten to break these old fishermen’s nets. (Don’t you just love a good mixed metaphor?)
When you are tuned on to the Father’s plan of evangelism, you can get the specific – genetically engineered seed that will grow instantly into a harvest in any mans life.
Hey, there is one more thing to see. The harvest you are working on may not be the one God is going for today. He looks at the field and knows what who is ripe. It’s not always the one you were hoping for.
Let’s try it today.
Ask the Lord to lead you into His harvest today.
Oh, yeah, and while you are at it, keep tilling the soil around the ones you are working on, just don’t be altogether surprised when someone else slides in and brings them to the barn.
See you tomorrow.