The Labor for the Harvest

The Labor for the Harvest


John 4:34-38 (ESV) ~ Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to accomplish his work. 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. Already the one who reaps is receiving wages and gathering fruit for eternal life, so that sower and reaper may rejoice together. For here the saying holds true, ‘One sows and another reaps.’ I sent you to reap that for which you did not labor. Others have labored, and you have entered into their labor.”


Labor, for the harvest is ripe, the task is urgent.


  • The heart of Jesus was upon the harvest of souls. Men focus their hearts upon the world’s harvest, the planting of seed and the reaping of grain, the investment of energy and money and the receiving of wages and gain. But the heart of Jesus was, and still is, upon people, upon the planting of the gospel seed and the reaping of souls for God.
  • Keep in mind who is speaking, Jesus, the only begotten, God in flesh, declares that He has not come to accomplish His will, but to do the will of the Father. Jesus was fully submitted to God’s will as He walked this earth. If our Lord was willing to submit to the will of God, doesn’t it stand to reason that you and I should as well? There can be little question concerning God’s will for humanity.
  • The challenge of Jesus was, “Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields.” The challenge was to quit looking down upon the earth and upon the affairs of the world, but instead to look up and observe the fields of people streaming across the world. The scene was probably dramatic. The Samaritans in their long flowing white robes were probably streaming across the fields by the hundreds, if not the thousands. Jesus’ heart and arms reached out in a burst of compassion and intense feeling; He cried, “Look, lift up your eyes and look on the fields of lost souls streaming toward you. Let the things of earth grow strangely dim.”
  • The fields of souls are white already: they are ready for harvesting right now. Since Christ has come to earth, God has put His Spirit into the world and supernaturally activated…
    • a thirst for God.
    • a sense of sin, a conviction of coming short.
    • a deep loneliness and emptiness.
    • a sense of purposelessness.
    • the knowledge that Jesus Christ has come to earth claiming to be the Savior of the world, the very Son of God.



  • We must lift up our eyes in order to look. We cannot see ahead or around us if we do not lift up our eyes and look. The things of the earth have to grow strangely dim before we can look and see.
    • Romans 12:2 (ESV) ~ Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
    • 1 John 2:15 (ESV) ~ Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
  • All we have to do is open our eyes and look around. We are surrounded by sin and wickedness. Many live their lives as if they are accountable to no one. Statistics consistently show, even here in the Bible belt, at least 50% of the population is un-churched, and certainly more than that are lost. There is no time to waste! The harvest is now. We all know those who are not saved. Surely, we realize the urgency of the time.
Pastor Andy Lambert

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