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Jesus challenges us to understand that God is ready to act. God isn’t waiting around. God will move.

God isn’t waiting. God is taking his pay, gathering in the grain that’s ripe for eternal life. Jesus is arm in arm with God, triumphant. God has elevated Jesus, seating him next to Him for all of eternity.

God’s goal: God’s goal is for to join in the harvest. Souls are waiting on us to point them to Jesus. May I join with Jesus in the harvest. May I know that now is the time for the harvest.

Do you not say, ‘There are yet four months, then comes the harvest’? Look, I tell you, lift up your eyes, and see that the fields are white for harvest. Already the one who reaps is receiving wages and gathering fruit for eternal life, so that sower and reaper may rejoice together. 37 For here the saying holds true, ‘One sows and another reaps.’ I sent you to reap that for which you did not labor. Others have labored, and you have entered into their labor.

The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2016). (John 4:35–38). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.

Jesus refers to another kind of harvest that’s right now—a harvest of converts: “Lift up your eyes.” See, the Samaritans are coming! The woman that Jesus had been talking to was leading them out to see Jesus for themselves. They’re within sight, their white garments compared by him to grain whitened and ripened for harvest.

Jesus is the reaper. But who’s the sower? Not the woman, because the sower is in the masculine gender, not the feminine. The sower must be John the Baptist since he started his ministry earlier than Jesus did, and John the Baptist was on the west side of the Jordan River, right next to Samaria, where the Samaritans likely heard him.

In their culture, wages were paid at the close of every day and therefore indicated that a day’s work was done. Here the wages consist of Jesus’ joy, shared with the Baptist (compare the Baptist’s statement that his joy is fulfilled in Jesus’ ministry)—joy over the harvest of Samaritan converts that’s about to take place.

The harvest is ready. Jesus makes this clear. Are we ready? That is the question to be answered. I pray I am.