Commands of Christ: 47

Look up and see the fields ripe for harvest.

“Do you not say, ‘In four months the harvest will be here’?  I tell you, look up and see the fields ripe for the harvest.  The reaper is already receiving his payment and gathering crops for eternal life, so that the sower and reaper can rejoice together.  For here the saying is verified that ‘One sows and another reaps.’  I sent you to reap what you have not worked for; others have done the work, and you are sharing the fruits of their work.” John 4:35-38

Jesus is asking His followers to see things from God’s perspective.  In the way that man sees grain to be harvested and gathered into barns, God sees the souls of men to be brought into His Kingdom.  That harvest has eternal consequences.  God has been at work, preparing the harvest.  Other servants of God have labored greatly in removing stones from the field, preparing the soil, sowing seed, providing tools, and so on.  Where and when the harvest is ready, we must reap.  We are responsible to watch for that readiness and take advantage of it so the harvest is not wasted, rotting in the field.  We need to look up, away from our own personal concerns, to be alert for such opportunities.