Harvest eyes. Jesus says we ought to all have harvest eyes. Truth is we ought to all be sowing the seeds of God’s grace also, yet that day on the edge of that Samaritan village, Jesus was focused on the harvest, and the disciples were still focused on lunch…
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.”
What is the harvest? The most important definition of harvest is that it is the bearing of fruit which God produces in the heart of a person. It’s not convincing or conniving. It’s not pressure or sales. It is the coming alongside of people who are seeking spiritual truth and helping them find the Saviour Jesus.
The fields were ripe for harvest, and the disciples couldn’t see it because they were caught up in cultural blindness – why talk to a woman, let alone a Samaritan woman? Because she is part of the harvest. And the harvest is more important that your bias. Or your hatred. Or your image.
I am realizing that often we sow and reap apart. We each have our little plots of earth in which we plant and water and hope to harvest. It doesn’t work that way. In the process of faith, one sows and another reaps. Which means that we all need to be sowing and we all need to be reaping.
This will change the way I look at others. Because I don’t know whether a seed is planted. I won’t know whether fruit is about to come forth. The mystery and the wonder of God are all around us. This will lead to questions such as, “have you ever thought about…” and “I have been thinking about… have you ever wondered about that?”
The questions which open doors to spiritual conversation will help us see who has been planting… and when it is time for reaping.