When Jesus uses an illustration once, its lesson is important. When He uses the same illustration three times we should really sit up and take notice! “The fields are ready for harvest” is just such an illustration and the context of each of the three occasions when Jesus uses this picture to describe the people around us, is also worthy of careful thought.

In Matthew 9:37, Jesus is filled with compassion for the crowd who seem like sheep without a shepherd and so tells the disciples to pray for the Lord to send workers into the fields because the harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. How do you view the people around you who have problems? With compassion? As a field ready for harvest?  Apparently, only a few do!

In Luke 10:2, Jesus sends the disciples ahead to places He is about to visit, which are like fields ready for harvest. Then changing the picture, He describes how hard their job will be. Can you imagine yourself as someone getting people ready to encounter Jesus? And whenever the going gets tough, remember, that’s a sign that you’re in the right place!!

Then in John 4:35, just after Jesus has dealt with the Samaritan woman at the well, He tells the disciples to open their eyes to see the opportunities around them and then get going and play their part in the great harvest!.

Add all those thoughts together and they could radically change the way you look at your situation and the people around you.

Yours in Jesus’ name,

Steve Rowley