When you look around, what do you see? Do you see opportunity or opposition? For some people, they can only see the negative and the obstacles, but great Christians see what Jesus has promised them.
“Do you not say, ‘There are yet four months, and then comes the harvest’? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look on the fields, that they are white for harvest” (John 4:35).
Jesus spoke these words after He had a conversation with a fornicator: an adulteress woman. She was considered a half-breed to the Jewish race–a nobody. I am sure she grew up being told this as a little girl and had the mentality that she was worth nothing; therefore she acted as if life did not matter– only finding herself clinging onto some type of religious relic, a water well and a mountain!
When Jesus engaged her, her culture, her people, and her sin, things changed. Life meant something different from this point on. Life had a purpose in Jesus to do bigger and better things. Shortly after, Jesus told his followers to Look! there is always success in preaching the gospel.[bctt tweet=”There is always success in preaching the Gospel” username=”twincitybaptist”]
What Did Jesus See that we do not?
Jesus saw lost, confused, and broken people who had given up both on themselves and on God. Jesus desired that the detached from God would be brought back to Him. (also see Matthew 23:37; Luke 15:1-7). Our current generations are filled with godless people who have no purpose. However, we are living in a time where we get to share hope, truth, and love with people like never before.
What Did the People Need that we can’t give?
When Jesus spoke these words to this woman, He was out of His element as a Jewish man. Our people do not hang with your people. Our Culture is very different from your culture. We are oil and water. Jesus saw a soul, not just a position in society. He understood the position but looked past it for a bigger purpose.
The “other side of the tracks” is ready to be reached here in our Samaria. In the Gospel of John, He added this saying:
“For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans” (John 4:9).
In other words, we Jews are upper class and you Samaritans are lower class project children.
If we want to be like Jesus, then we need to go to people who are not near us or like us. Jesus was willing to teach and reach people regardless of nationality, background, or culture.
I believe that if Jesus were here today walking the streets of our towns, he would be telling us to “look on the fields, that they are white for harvest” Nothing has changed.[bctt tweet=”If we want to be like Jesus, then we need to go to people who are not near us or like us.” username=”twincitybaptist”]
Remember you and I cannot save anyone. We cannot force people to accept Christ. We are just the delivery guy. The only time when we fail at sharing Jesus is when we do not do it! So when we encounter harsh people who are not interested and will most likely curse us, we share–and move on. Jesus told the disciples in these circumstances to
“shake the dust off your feet” (Matthew 10:14; cf. Acts 13:50-51).
Everyone needs at least one chance to hear the Gospel both locally and globally.[bctt tweet=”Everyone needs at least one chance to hear the Gospel both locally and globally.” username=”twincitybaptist”]
Christ’s Last Command must be our First Concern!
“But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.” Acts 1:8