Wednesday Morning: 16 Jan 2019 – John 4:27-45 ~ Wake up and look around. The fields are already ripe for harvest.

Wednesday Morning

+ In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen

Opening (Collect for Purity)

Almighty God: to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hid; cleanse the thoughts of my heart through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, that I may perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy name, through Christ my Lord. Amen.
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Morning Reading – John 4:27-45 (NLT)

Just then his disciples came back. They were shocked to find him talking to a woman, but none of them had the nerve to ask, “What do you want with her?” or “Why are you talking to her?” The woman left her water jar beside the well and ran back to the village, telling everyone, “Come and see a man who told me everything I ever did! Could he possibly be the Messiah?” So the people came streaming from the village to see him.

Meanwhile, the disciples were urging Jesus, “Rabbi, eat something.”

But Jesus replied, “I have a kind of food you know nothing about.”

“Did someone bring him food while we were gone?” the disciples asked each other.

Then Jesus explained: “My nourishment comes from doing the will of God, who sent me, and from finishing his work. You know the saying, ‘Four months between planting and harvest.’ But I say, wake up and look around. The fields are already ripe for harvest. The harvesters are paid good wages, and the fruit they harvest is people brought to eternal life. What joy awaits both the planter and the harvester alike! You know the saying, ‘One plants and another harvests.’ And it’s true. I sent you to harvest where you didn’t plant; others had already done the work, and now you will get to gather the harvest.”

Many Samaritans Believe

Many Samaritans from the village believed in Jesus because the woman had said, “He told me everything I ever did!” When they came out to see him, they begged him to stay in their village. So he stayed for two days, long enough for many more to hear his message and believe. Then they said to the woman, “Now we believe, not just because of what you told us, but because we have heard him ourselves. Now we know that he is indeed the Savior of the world.”

At the end of the two days, Jesus went on to Galilee. He himself had said that a prophet is not honored in his own hometown. Yet the Galileans welcomed him, for they had been in Jerusalem at the Passover celebration and had seen everything he did there.
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Morning Reflection:

Today’s reading is a continuation of Jesus’ encounter with the Samaritan woman. The disciples are shocked; the woman is excited; the villagers see for themselves; and many believe that Jesus truly is “the Savior of the world.”

What speaks to me is Jesus’ response to the disciples –

“Wake up and look around. The fields are already ripe for harvest.” – John 4:35b

God’s word to me is – “I need to develop a harvest mindset.” What might that look like?

  • Look everywhere – including where I might least expect an openness to Jesus’ saving grace.
  • Take joy – in the work God has given me; whether it’s sowing seeds, or reaping a harvest.
  • Remember – God is “Lord of the Harvest” – I may work hard planting without seeing the fruit of my labor, or I may reap someone else’s harvest.

Questions for consideration:

+ Where can I begin looking today for a harvest field around me?
+ What common ground do we share, so that I can begin?
+ What do I expect as a result of my efforts?
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Morning Prayer:

Heavenly Father: Your Spirit is continually moving to renew the face of the earth. Open my eyes to the people and groups you have already prepared to receive the Good News of your love with joy and faith-filled obedience. Show me the part you want me to play, and release the fountain of your Spirit within me, that I might go about my assigned tasks with confidence and enthusiasm. I ask this in Jesus’ name – the Savior of the world. Amen.
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“The Savior of the World Has Come” – The Isaacs

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Closing:

May the peace of the Lord Christ go with you, wherever He may send you. May He guide you through the wilderness, and protect you through the storm. May He bring you home rejoicing at the wonders He has shown you. May He bring you home rejoicing once again into our doors.

+ In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen



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