Week 1: See and Seize the Now to Impact the Kingdom

John 4:35: Don’t you have a saying, “It’s still four months until harvest?” I tell you open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest.

Jesus looks for opportunities. He desires to do the will of His Father and please Him in all that He does. In John 4, we see that Jesus has just completed His encounter with the Samaritan woman at the well where He discloses that He is the Messiah. The disciples are oblivious to what has just transpired, and while they are quite curious about this encounter, they do not press the point. The Samaritan woman went back to the village to tell everyone that she had seen the Messiah. The townspeople on hearing this made their way to the well to see if this could truly be the Messiah. It makes sense that while the disciples were concerned about food, Jesus was looking at the harvest that was approaching. Jesus wanted the disciples to open their eyes and see the opportunity headed their way. To get their attention He used an agricultural analogy of the farmer who sows, waits until the harvest is ripe and then reaps the harvest. The problem he had with the disciples thinking was twofold: First, they did not see the harvest coming, and second, they did not seize the now (the opportunity) to impact the Kingdom of God. They were like farmers who sat around waiting for the harvest to ripen when it was obviously ready for them now. Jesus expects us to be active in sowing the seed and reaping the harvest. We must not be like the farmer and delay; we must act now as we help Jesus impact the Kingdom.
What is your mindset toward winning souls to Christ? Do you have a wait and see mindset, or do you charge forward to take advantage of the now to advance the gospel? Do you see a similarity in the harvest of the men of Samaria following the woman to the well that is discussed in John 4:29-36 and the ministry of the young men and women at Gary Job Corp? What opportunities do you see to share the gospel in Wimberley or other communities, at work, at home, etc.?