“Do you not say, ‘There are still four months and then comes the harvest’? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are already white for harvest! “ (Jo 4:35).
Eparate, the word translated “lift up” here literally refers to deliberate looking. Read in context, it concerns having an intentional, heightened perception of the value of those ready for harvest. It’s about recognising the harvest of the Kingdom whatever guise it may come in. It’s about valuing the harvest, one soul at a time.
Jesus’ encounter with the Samaritan Woman is illustrative of the attitude we must have with respect to the Kingdom Harvest. This one woman was the Gateway to the salvation of an entire community (Jo 4:39).
We must not go about life blind to the opportunities for harvest around us. Let any hidden blindness afflicting you be healed in Jesus’ name forthwith. May the Spirit deal with your spiritual perception in this harvest season!