READ : John 4:31-38
It’s tempting to say things like “Four months more, then comes the harvest” (v. 35a):
“We’ve got to maintain our standards.”
“People aren’t interested in religion any more.”
“She wouldn’t feel comfortable in our church.”
“I don’t think that’s the kind of lifestyle we want in our congregation.”
“Most of the people in this town already go to church.”
Almost any of the above excuses could have been used regarding the Samaritan woman at the well. She already had a faith, she wouldn’t have felt comfortable, she wasn’t the kind of person you’d want in the congregation, etc., etc. But those things apparently didn’t matter to Jesus.
One can’t always go by outward appearances or even by what people are saying. “Look around you,” said Jesus, “and see how the fields are ripe for harvesting” (v. 35b).
Look around you. A new family is lonely. A fifteen-year-old is pregnant. The Joneses have accumulated much, but they are now asking, “Is this all?” Henry Smith has just found out he has a life-threatening disease. Mary Andrews is seeking spiritual meaning through astrology.
The fields are far more ripe than we might think.
Lord, open my eyes to people all around me who would actually welcome a word of welcome from You. Amen.