Be Looking for the Harvest

Often there is potential for a harvest around us, and we are not aware of it. In the Gospel of Jonn, Jesus goes through Samaria on hsi way back to Galilee (John 4:3-38). The disciples that are with Jesus have no idea what is about to unfold. In their minds they are probably thinking this is an inconvenient trip. They go off to the city to get food to eat, and when they return, Jesus is talking with a Samaritan woman.

Normally, a Jew wouldn't talk to a Samaritan in a friendly conversation, and a teacher wouldn't talk to an unknown woman by himself, let alone one considered to be of bad morals. The disciples find Jesus talking to the woman and soon after she leaves, the disciple have questions, but are afraid to ask Jesus.

This one woman who was considered an outcast was able to be a witness to the whole city, which then went out to see Jesus. Many of the Samaritans believed as a result of hearing Jesus. This event is probably the foundation for the revival recorded in Acts chapter 8 when Philip preaches.

Jesus tells his disciples that they shouldn't be waiting for a harvest but looking for one right now (John 4:35). Jesus says, "...Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest."

In this particular instance, revival came in an unexpected place through an unexpected vessel at an unexpected time. If we will prepare our heart and lift up our spiritual eyes, we will see that there are opportunities for a harvest in places that we might consider unlikely.