My posts come from my personal daily scripture readings and a part of my personal accountability. If we are going to grow as followers of Christ, we must be in the Word! If you miss these a few days, something has kept me from it; but if they're gone for too many days, call me on the carpet. We need to hold one another accountable. I follow the readings and journaling from lifejournal.me. Join me on this journey as our lives are to Reflect the Image-and Jesus IS the image. Peace, Carla Sunberg
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
“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 NASB)
This simple conversation with the disciples comes sandwiched in the
middle of the story of the woman at the well. The Samaritan woman was
probably the most unlikely candidate to become a follower of Jesus
Christ. The words we use to describe her should have
written her out of the story. She was a Samaritan -- hated by the Jews
-- and she was a woman. This pretty much made her at the lowest rung on
the ladder, and yet, this is who Jesus sat down with and chose to
converse with on a very personal basis. As a result she became a
follower and also went and spread the good news about Jesus to all of
those who lived in her village. And in the middle of that incident,
Jesus reminds his followers that they are not to make excuses about
telling others about him. Don't say that you have to wait until just
the perfect moment. Look! People like the Samaritan woman are sitting
in front on you on a daily basis. Simply Look! People around you are
ready to hear about the Messiah -- you just have to be willing to see
I think about the corner of Ohio in which I live. I drive through
towns which are simply a shell of themselves. I see church after church
which is struggling to survive -- churches from all denominations. I
see communities in decline and an increase in complex social issues.
What so many need is the hope which is found in the true message of
Jesus tried going to the synagogue and sharing the good news about
the Messiah. Remember what happened? They tried to throw him off a
cliff. He never did find the harvest flocking to the synagogue for
worship on Saturdays. Instead, it is in the middle of a story about a
sinful woman that Jesus reminds his disciples that the harvest is right
in front of them. What would happen in East Ohio, or anywhere for that
matter, if we got outside the confines of our church buildings and went
and looked for the very least of the very least that needed help. Why do
you think the Samaritan woman was at the well at noon? This was the
absolute worst time of day to be at the well. It was too hot to be
drawing out water. The fact that she was at the well at noon by herself
meant that she had been shunned by every other person in her community
because of her behavior. She was the worst of the worst -- and yet
Jesus said, open your eyes and see this is the harvest which is ripe!
The only way to reach the harvest is to get out into the harvest
fields. Jesus' people must be willing to move outside the confines of
the church building and out into the world to bring the good news.
Yesterday was about bringing the light of Jesus into the world.
Jesus knew that this would be what the world needed both then and now.
Look! There is a harvest out there -- there are plenty of people that
need to know Jesus Christ! Look! Pray, and then join Jesus out in the
harvest fields, reaping that which we didn't even have to sow. The time
is now and there are people waiting, even today, at a well, in the
middle of the day, hoping that Jesus will come by and give them the gift
of salvation. Look!
Lord, may I look today at the world around me and share your news with those who are in need. Amen.