The woman at the well in John 4 had been with five(5) husbands and the man she currently lived with was not her husband. Six men had clung to her. Clearly, she understood that men needed significance. When she met Jesus, she found the first man to whom none of her charms had anything to offer. She quickly assessed that He was not only what she needed, but was also what all of the men she had been with also needed. It was upon this revelation that she dropped everything and ran to get her people.
Jesus’ disciples were noticeably uncomfortable with what had transpired at the well. They had just returned from a trip to the grocery store; Jesus had sent them away to buy food. As I read it, it would seem to me that He wished to rid Himself of their company. They complained about the Samaritans all the way to market and back again. Their complaints crowded out any hope for a Samaritan revival and continued complaining when they saw Jesus with the woman. Horror!
Among their complaining, Jesus pointed to the returning woman. She was shining like the sun and curious Samarian men quickly followed. Not complaining, but curious. “Lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are already white for harvest!” Jesus said to his disciples. (John 4:35) This is a frightful reminder that it is possible to do the right thing; do what Jesus asked us to do while missing the entire point altogether!
In my travels, I have met many people who simply want to do “the will of God.” They desire prophesy and the confirmation that what they do is what Jesus wants. However, do ing a task for Jesus does not mean that you are working with Jesus. The real trick is to see what Jesus sees… and He sees a harvest, everywhere.
“They are already white for harvest,” He said as the men and ambitious woman approached. They did not look white or ready to the disciples, but they did to Jesus! I am not sure what kind of men they were, but judging from the woman’s reputation it was likely a sordid crew. Imagine one was drunk. Another had a gambling addiction. Another could have been the owner of a local brother for all we know, but Jesus saw them as “white.”
Can you see it? The harvest is not what everyone can see. It is seeing what is yet to be. It is not visible by judging a person’s culture, their hang-ups and bang-ups. It is looking past all of those things and seeing their potential; seeing what God has designed them to be. Can you see them wearing white robes? They may don a dirty mouth and heart, but Jesus can see them coming, envisioning them already wearing robes of righteousness. He treated them with joy, dignity and as already white.
The Apostle Paul encouraged us to “walk by faith, not by sight.” (2 Corinthians 5:7) Faith sees what may not be otherwise be obvious. Anyone can see what everyone sees. Anyone can complain about what everyone complains about. However, to see the harvest; to see what God wants is to see what God has intended for them to be.
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