“Do you not say, ‘There are yet four months, then comes the harvest’? Look, I tell you, lift up your eyes, and see that the fields are white for harvest.” John 4:35

These words of Jesus capture the urgency and the opportunity of the time we are in, a compelling invitation to be part of what God is doing all over the world. He is calling us to co-labor with Him in bringing the harvest of souls from communities, cities and nations, for the glory of the Father.

Prior to this announcement, we see a glimpse of the harvest that Jesus was declaring about.  A lost daughter, the Samaritan woman, comes home to be reconciled to the Father and be part of His family. She . She believed and received God’s love, life and light, which is  the ultimate longing of every human heart. She accepted the free gift and was never the same again. All throughout her life she’s been looking for love in the wrong places, drinking from wells that could never satisfy her deepest longings. But on that day, one moment with Love Himself, Jesus, she was set free from the shackles of sin, shame, guilt and fear.  Her freedom was beautifully demonstrated in her actions after encountering Love.  She left her jar and went straight to the middle of the city and spoke to the men, telling them about Jesus. and because of this, many believed her and came to Jesus themselves. One seed that received the outpouring of God’s love brought forth a huge harvest. Her heart became a living well for the Living Water.

Lift Up Your Eyes

The Samaritan woman is a picture of humanity’s brokenness, emptiness, lostness and the need of the Savior. If we just look around, we will see a sea of humanity desperate for Agape, for God Himself. Oftentimes we miss the harvest in front of us because our hearts are preoccupied by things, worries and issues. We see from our eyes and not from His heart. Jesus is inviting us to “see” humanity the way He sees people. To see as He sees, we have to first look to Jesus, to the heart of the Father and to the Cross. It is because of His love and compassion that Jesus came to seek and save the lost.

Jesus never performed miracles and demonstrated power apart from love. In Matthew 9:36-38 it is written, “When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.” In the same way, as laborers sent out to the field, we need God’s love to be poured out into our hearts for the lost. To co-labor with Him is to capture His heart.

Sow In Tears

We can only see the harvest through tears. Tears are liquid prayers. We receive the burden and compassion when we pray for people and situations that break the heart of God. In Psalms 126: 5&6, “Those who sow in tears shall reap with shouts of joy! He who goes out weeping, bearing the seed for sowing, shall come home with shouts of joy, bringing his sheaves with him.” Jesus wept for Jerusalem. In the same way we are called to weep for people, communities and nations for salvation, justice, mercy and peace.

Set Your Hearts On Heaven

As ambassadors of love, sons and daughters of the King, we are called and sent out to be the hands and feet of Jesus to the broken world. To bring the reality of heaven, the Kingdom of God, to address the needs of men. This is possible only when we live in complete alignment with the reality of heaven, that is, to live from heaven to earth. In Colossians 3:1&2 “Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.” All we need to reap the harvest comes from Him, through Him and all goes back to Him, for His glory.

Paul Yadao