Message: “Lookout” – Pastor Roy Dowdy

Sunday, March 17th, 2019

 

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DEVOTIONAL:

In John 4, Jesus speaks with a Samaritan woman at Jacob’s Well. Her conversation with Jesus ended; the woman returns to town to tell others of her encounter. While talking with her, Jesus had compared the spiritual food of serving God with physical food that refreshed the body.  He then continues his analogy with the disciples, comparing the work of evangelism to that of gathering crops. He says, “You know the saying, ‘Four months between planting and harvest.’ But I say, wake up and look around. The fields are already ripe for harvest. The harvesters are paid good wages, and the fruit they harvest is people brought to eternal life. What joy awaits both the planter and the harvester alike!”

At this time of year, the fields surrounding Jacob’s Well would be planted with grain. The harvest was months away, so the crops are still green. As he’s speaking, the Samaritan woman and those she had told about Jesus are returning for their own encounter with the Messiah. Their neutral colored wool garments would have been in stark contrast to the verdant fields around them, and would have been reminiscent of ripened grain.

Farmers instinctively know when their crops are ready to harvest – there’s no set date on the calendar. Likewise, followers of Christ should be able to discern the right time for spiritual harvest. The disciples may have struggled to see the Samaritans as worthy of Jesus time and attention, let alone worthy of redemption, but Jesus gently rebukes them with the words “wake up and look around. The fields are already ripe for harvest.”

Jesus sowed seeds of salvation in the Samaritan woman. She sowed in those who followed her back to the well, and soon the fruit of eternal life would be gathered in them. Jesus was already reaping what he had sown, and though the disciples had not planted the seeds, Jesus invites them to join him in the harvest.

The Samaritan woman found mercy and forgiveness in her encounter with Jesus.  She responds with an open heart and reaps the benefits. She told others, they respond, and reap the benefits as well. What will your response be? Will you stand before God with your head cast down, knowing you too could have done more?


REFLECTION:

  • Read John 4:35-38 NLT, Matthew 9:37-38 NLT  

    From the right position, you can see everything around you and gain a new perspective.  It makes it easier to focus on what's most important.

    At, Expectation Church our vision is simple: We exist so that people far from God will experience Christ.

    Any church that is not seriously involved in helping to fulfill the Great Commission has forfeited its biblical right to exist.  Oswald J. Smith

    We must see the field as Jesus sees it – fields ready to be harvested. Read Luke 19:10 NLT, Matthew 28:18-20 NIV

    “The Great Commission is not an option to be considered; it is a command to be obeyed.”  Hudson Taylor

    We need to be ready to work.  

    “The most likely instrument to do the Lord’s work is the man who expects God will use him and who goes forth to labor in the strength of that conviction” Charles Haddon Spurgeon

    We will rejoice together both planter and harvester. Read Luke 15:10 NIV

  • We pray for more workers.

  • We find self-discovery in the harvest

  • Is the Word of God a seed for you?

  • Has the Word of God taken root in your soul?

  • Has the Word of God sprouted and you are growing daily?

  • Has the Word of God harvested your soul?  


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