35 Don’t you have a saying, ‘It’s still four months until harvest’? I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest. 36 Even now the one who reaps draws a wage and harvests a crop for eternal life, so that the sower and the reaper may be glad together. 37 Thus the saying ‘One sows and another reaps’ is true. 38 I sent you to reap what you have not worked for. Others have done the hard work, and you have reaped the benefits of their labor.”
Just prior to Jesus speaking these words, he had encountered a woman from a small town in Samaria. She had recognized that Jesus was the Savior, sent from God. She was so convinced, she returned to her village to tell everyone that she had met Jesus the Savior. She was so convincing, the whole village followed her back to the place where she had met him. This is probably the scene, all the people of the village walking toward Jesus, when he said to his disciples, “Look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest” There are many people who are still looking for Jesus. They may not know his name and they may not know where to find him; if someone who knew how to find him would go to them, they could show the way. Whom shall we send? Who will go?” (Ps. Dale).
Thoughts for the day
- What does this passage tell us about God and people?
- What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
- What is one way you can apply this truth to your life today?
- Who can you encourage with this story/message?
Pray for the work of Home Sweet Home, Sonflowers and Renewal Center.