Monday, July 12, 2021
34-35 Jesus said, “The food that keeps me going is that I do the will of the One who sent me, finishing the work he started. As you look around right now, wouldn’t you say that it will be time to harvest in about four months? Well, I’m telling you to open your eyes and take a good look at what’s right in front of you. These Samaritan fields are ripe. It’s harvest time!
36-38 “The Harvester isn’t waiting. He’s taking his pay, gathering in this grain that’s ripe for eternal life. Now the Sower is arm in arm with the Harvester, triumphant. That’s the truth of the saying, ‘This one sows, that one harvests.’ I sent you to harvest a field you never worked. Without lifting a finger, you have walked in on a field worked long and hard by others.”
39-42 Many of the Samaritans from that village committed themselves to him because of the woman’s witness: “He knew all about the things I did. He knows me inside and out!” They asked him to stay on, so Jesus stayed two days. A lot more people entrusted their lives to him when they heard what he had to say. They said to the woman, “We’re no longer taking this on your say-so. We’ve heard it for ourselves and know it for sure. He’s the Savior of the world!”
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43-45 After two days, he left for Galilee. Now, Jesus knew well from experience that a prophet is not respected in the place where he grew up. So when he arrived in Galilee, the Galileans welcomed him, but only because they were impressed with what he had done in Jerusalem during the Passover Feast, not that they really had a clue about who he was or what he was up to. -John 4:34-45 The Message
The food that Jesus mentions in verse 34 is not the food in which everybody believes. The food he is talking about is spiritual food. Prayer, bible study, and attending church. Helping out the church can also be spiritual nourishment, doing God’s work. Bring the salvation to completion. What do you do to help God and his work? How do you fill yourself with spiritual nourishment daily?
“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.” The harvest is ready; you have to find it by opening your eyes and knowing that it is time to do the work. It is the same with our lives. We have many people ready to hear about Christ with the life formation change made in your life. We have two problems.
- We don’t recognize that someone is ready to hear about Christ.
- We make excuses without asking.
Like farmers, we have to go out and look for those wanting to hear about Jesus. Remember, God can help you by fixing your mouth for the things you say and actions that are taken.
Verses 36-38, Jesus mentions reaps draws a wage, meaning that Jesus is the joy of working for him and seeing the harvest of believers. I see people at church who are happy that got either friends or family to come to church and learn about Jesus to have a new follower and get baptized. That’s the reaps of joy Jesus is talking about. It is the hard work you put in to get them in that position. Nothing is more significant than that!
When you learn about Jesus, you share your experiences; that is how others are drawn to what Jesus has to offer. The one thing that may make us skeptical is our reputation. And that is normal, but when people see the change, that’s what matters. So the slogan is, “Christ Changes Us.” That is where the curiosity comes from others. So use yourself to continue to bring on mind-blowing changes!
Father, thank you for your wisdom. Today will bring challenges to us to spread the word about you, but we can better show others our changes with the changes you made in us. In Jesus’ name. Amen!