Jesus gives us the color of the harvest. Farmers go by color of their crop to know when the harvest is ready. When you see certain characteristics in your garden, you know it’s ready.
John 4: 33 Therefore said the disciples one to another, Hath any man brought him ought to eat?34 Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work.35 Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest.36 And he that reapeth receiveth wages, and gathereth fruit unto life eternal: that both he that soweth and he that reapeth may rejoice together.37 And herein is that saying true, One soweth, and another reapeth.38 I sent you to reap that whereon ye bestowed no labour: other men laboured, and ye are entered into their labours.39 And many of the Samaritans of that city believed on him for the saying of the woman, which testified, He told me all that ever I did.
Jesus felt the need to go through Samaria. Even though they were half Jewish, Samaritans didn’t get along with the Jews of Israel. There Jesus met a woman who lived a sinful life. She had five husbands and was living with a man she wasn’t married to. She came to draw water at the well and after meeting Jesus believed in him as the Messiah. She accepted him and went into town saying come, see a man, which told me all things that ever I did: is not this the Christ?
The disciples returned from getting lunch for themselves and Jesus. It was obvious something had happened. A crowd had gathered with the woman, but the disciples ignored it. They pressed Jesus to eat; all they had on their minds was their lunch. Jesus was upset with them because they failed to see the opportunity before them. We lose sight of the lost around us and their save-ability. We think there is no need to witness to some because they’ll never be saved. This woman, despite her many sins, was saved by Jesus Christ. The same blood has to be applied to everyone. We tend to grade sin like tobacco is graded. We toss some because it’s too bad. God gives one grade—all are bad and deserving of hell. That means all need to be saved and all can be saved. This woman was and everyone in that crowd could be saved. She was more of a witness than the disciples.
Think of your concern for the lost. We may request prayer for the lost in our family or our community. In effect we’re saying “Lord, you get them here and save them.” We have to put legs on our prayers. Our primary concern should be for souls. The Bible asks how can they believe if they have not heard. Someone has to be willing to witness. This is the way God chose it. Be witnesses for God in your Judea, your Samaria and the entire world.
We see the slogan “Save the Planet” everywhere. We do need to take care of our world. The ecosystem is fragile. However, many go too far, almost making it a religion. I’ve been told that some churches think it’s their main duty to take care of the planet. There is a difference in the planet and the world, and our job is to reach the lost in the world. Jesus didn’t come to set the planet problems right. He came to save the lost. The worship of money, nature, and self keeps the world as it is. There is little interest in the saving of souls. Jesus told the disciples to look at the crowd. They were white, ready to harvest.
Every lost person can change. If the sins are red like crimson, they can be white as snow. If they are black and deep in darkness, they can come to the light through the gospel. If they are pale because they are weak and overpowered, they don’t need willpower to be saved; they just need faith. Remember greater is he that is in you than he that is in the world. He can be great in them as well. They may be green, just coming to life. They don’t know a lot about the Lord and have no idea about how to be saved or realize there is a need to be. It doesn’t matter how ignorant they are of truth, a wayfaring man can understand it. They may be brown, withered from sin. It takes a toll on the body. We may be afraid to witness to people like this. Jesus sees them all as white, ready to harvest.
The disciples wanted to eat but Jesus said hold on. The people were ready. They could have what the woman received. The disciples could have told people the Messiah was in town, but they didn’t. How many days go by that we don’t mention the Lord to anyone? The fact that we’re still here means there are still people to witness to. Any lost person is save-able and can be cleansed. If Jesus can cleanse us, it is possible for anyone to be cleansed. People are change-able, fix-able. A white flag on a battle field means surrender. Jesus saw white. The people were ready to surrender to the Lord. We get too busy and get fixated on ourselves. Jesus said LIFT UP YOUR EYES. LOOK ON THE FIELDS. They are white. Be persistent. Don’t give up. Witness. Let your light shine so people can see what Jesus has done for you.
The fields are already white. That means they are ready. People are waiting for us to bring the gospel to them. Let’s do it.