You know the story in John 4. Jesus engages in a wonderful dialogue at a drinking well with a Samaritan woman. His disciples return and find him talking to the woman who then leaves her water jar and hurries to her town proclaiming Jesus as the Messiah.
Meanwhile the disciples focus on eating, unaware that Jesus has just revealed his Messiah-ship and engaged in a powerful evangelistic encounter. Jesus then says, “I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest!” (Were the townspeople walking out toward them at that exact moment? Harvest time!)
In Greek the phrase “lift up your eyes” has a fun, double-meaning. First it can mean, “Good morning, sleepyhead! Wake up!” Or it can mean, “Raise your head and get a bigger vision. Look up! Look outward! Don’t just stare at the dirt.”
Don’t we all need to hear that message sometimes? If you desire to awaken from apathy, if you want to gain a God-sized vision, then allow Jesus to open your eyes.
Today the harvest is still “white” – ready, ripe, and almost ruined if not gathered ASAP! We believe that Jesus continues calling out to his Church, “Hey, open your eyes!” So, are you up for it?