Jesus knows how to bring the harvest in. He gives me some clear guidelines on how it is going to work.
- Jesus knows it is time to harvest. This is urgent. God’s mission won’t wait. I have to get it done. I have to get it done now!
- Is the harvest done and ready for us? Yes. Are we ready to begin the harvest? Yes. Jesus challenges me. I don’t have to lift a finger at all. All of my desire to delay needs to get set aside. Jesus has sent others to prepare the field. The harvest is ready. I need to get going and do the work.
- What is my role? Jesus challenges me to know I have one. It may be different than somebody else. I need to focus on my job and get it done.
- Who gets the credit? God does. Jesus does. Just because I walk in at the end and close the sale doesn’t mean I get the credit. Others have worked hard to make it happen. Mine may have been the easy part. God knows.
“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.” ~Jesus
Source: John 4:36-38 The Message
Is it done? No. Are we there yet? No. Not sure that I’m understanding your intent with these lines, Michael,when you respond with “yes” to these questions.
Michael Wilson said:
Ah, great catch. The it I refer to isn’t clear. It is the harvest. I’m going to go back and edit for clarity.
I’ve always thought the encounter in John 4 speaks so much about relationship of Christ in us. The harvest isnt about a job or a sale. nothing about Jesus is tranactional. its not this mountain or that one its Spirit and truth- a union. The harvest is gathered by the invitation ‘Come and see’
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