John 4:34-35, 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.
One of the great chapters in the Gospel of John, in fact, in all of the four Gospels, would have to be John chapter four. It is in this chapter that we find our Lord’s encounter with the Samaritan woman. What a great story. What tremendous truths to be learned. In John chapter four, among other things, we find our Lord’s willingness …
- To go where others would not go
- To do what others would not do
- To love whom others refused to love
- To send who others would not send
In the passage above, we are reminded of the importance of being consumed with a cause (4:34), the importance of finding, following, and finishing God’s work both in and through our lives (4:34), the importance of not procrastinating when it comes to vision of, and ministry in, the harvest fields (4:35), and the importance of getting hold of a God-given vision for the harvest fields of this world (4:35).
We all know how important vision is for our lives. It’s absolutely essential! The Bible says, “Where there is no vision, the people perish …” [Proverbs 29:18].
Missionary Rodney Ruppell, who has been in Cambodia for nearly 20 years, told me about a year ago, that he once asked an aging Lee Roberson (former pastor of Highland Park Baptist Church), “What one bit of advice would you to give to a missionary?” That aged saint, Brother Roberson, immediately replied with these words, “Don’t lose your vision.”
Great advice, not only for a missionary but for all of us. Lack of vision always ends up with people perishing!
Is your vision of the great harvest fields, both locally and globally impaired? If so, it’s time to lift up your eyes and look on the fields of humanity that God loves, Christ died for, and are perishing, in many cases, without any hope of hearing the name of Jesus Christ in their lifetime, let alone the Gospel!
Just reflecting on those red letters of Jesus!