“The fields are already ripe for harvest.” — John 4:35
In this conversation, Jesus begins to speak to the heart of a woman who had been hurting and looking for love and acceptance in all the wrong places. Jesus didn’t get sidetracked by her obvious sin, but looked much deeper to the root of what was going on. We tend to focus on the outside and respond to that portion of a person, but Jesus asks us to look much deeper into a human’s soul.
The disciples didn’t believe the Samaritans deserved to hear the Good News and that was evident when they returned from the village of the woman at the well with just food and no people. Why? Where were the people? Did they not have the King of Glory with them? The Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world? The disciples made a terrible assumption: These people are not worthy to hear the Gospel. When we keep our mouths shut are we not saying the same thing? What if Matt Hasselbeck never shared with Jake Locker? Jesus would have sent another person to do the job Matt missed out on. Jesus is at work all around you.
It is not the fields that need to be worked in order to produce a harvest, what is missing is the workers. The workers just need to collect the harvest.
– Jake Locker