The Fields Are Ripe For A Harvest

John 4:31-38 (NIV)

Meanwhile his disciples urged him, “Rabbi, eat something.”

32 But he said to them, “I have food to eat that you know nothing about.”

33 Then his disciples said to each other, “Could someone have brought him food?”

34 “My food,” said Jesus, “is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work. 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.”

The fields are still ripe for a harvest. There are over 7 billion people on this planet and over 300 million people in this country. Many of these people have yet to hear the good news about Jesus and His love. Many of these people have no clue about the God who sent His one and only Son to die for our sins. Many of these people have no idea that they’ll spend eternity separated from God in Hell. How can this be? How can we sit idly by and let this happen? How can we pretend that it’s no big deal? It is a big deal! We need to take this so seriously!
Jesus has done the hard work. He has done everything it takes to save us. We cannot add anything to the good news of the Gospel. We must simply proclaim it to the world. Jesus suffered and died for our sins. God the Father raised Him from the dead on the third day, just as Jesus said He would. Jesus ascended into Heaven and will one day return to bring an end to history. He will judge the living and the dead. He will bring His own into His Kingdom and those He does not know will be sent away to eternal punishment.
This is not a game. This is not a joke. Billions of people are destined for destruction. As followers of Jesus, we must show them in word and deed that Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life. We must get out into the harvest fields and love people into the family of God. So let’s get out of our pews and into the fields for they are ripe for harvest.
PRAYER: Father God, give Your people a heart for those who are lost. We know that Your heart beats for those who are far from You. May we get out of our buildings and into the fields to reap a great harvest for Your Kingdom. In Jesus’ saving name, amen.

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