John 4:35, “… Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest.”
I haven’t posted for a few days because of schedule conflicts, along with Internet issues. 🙂 Enjoyed preaching at PBC of Monterey Park last night and will be preaching this evening for PBC of Long Beach. Missions’ Revival doesn’t officially begin until next week, but Pacific Baptist Church of Long Beach will be watching the video called, “The Harvest” tonight (a favorite of Pastor Joe’s), and immediately afterwards, I will preach a short message from John 4:31-38.
One of the keys to getting laborers to the fields, especially the most neglected fields of the world, is to get them to “lift up their eyes” and to “look.” Lifting up our eyes and taking them off of the comfort and conveniences of this life, especially in prosperous America. But we must not stop there! We must be willing to take a “look,” a good “look,” at the great needs that are in our world today.
Both physical and spiritual needs of course!
A few days ago, I posted these words, “I am convinced that we do not SEND, SHARE, and SERVE because we do not SEE!”
John Wesley once wrote the following words,
Hence it is, that, according to the common observation, one part of the world does not know what the other suffers. Many of them do not know, because they do not care to know: they keep out of the way of knowing it; and then plead their voluntary ignorance as an excuse for the hardness of heart. “Indeed, sir,” (said a person of large substance,) “I am a very compassionate man. But to tell you the truth, I do not know anybody in the world that is in want.” How did this come to pass? Why, HE TOOK GOOD CARE TO KEEP OUT OF THEIR WAY. And if he fell upon any of them unawares, “he passed over on the other side.”
While Wesley, in the words above, was primarily referring to our neglect of the physically impoverished, the same surely could be said of our neglect of those who are spiritually impoverished. The great harvest fields of the world!
It’s high time for us to “Lift up our eyes.” It’s time for us to take our eyes off our own cares and concerns, our comforts and conveniences, and take a “look,” a really good look, upon the great needs throughout the world, beginning right next door!
Just taking a few moments to reflect on the red letters of Jesus!!!