“And many of the Samaritans of that city believed in Him because of the word of the woman who testified, “He told me all that I ever did.” (Jo 4:39).
Although she had a flawed background, warped doctrine and a checkered lifestyle, the Samaritan woman was a portrait of the harvest that was ripe and ready for the Kingdom. She represents all of us who once “were separate from Christ, excluded from the commonwealth of Israel and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, without hope and without God in the world” (Ep 2:12).
Sometimes genuine wheat resembles tares and vice-versa. We need divine discernment to tell them apart. Ripe harvest is not always necessarily friendly, as the potential “evangelist” in our text exemplifies. Let’s not be put off by the initial reluctance certain unsaved folks display. Some initial resistance to the Gospel is just a skin-deep veneer. Anointed, loving and skilled ministry will overcome that facade of reluctance. Every sinner is a prospective saint. Jesus didn’t give up on the disguised harvest. He doesn’t give up on you. Neither should we give up on others.