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Open Eyes

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Open Eyes

John 4:27-34

Just then his disciples returned and were surprised to find him talking with a woman. But no one asked, “What do you want?” or “Why are you talking with her?”

Then, leaving her water jar, the woman went back to the town and said to the people,  “Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did. Could this be the Messiah?” They came out of the town and made their way toward him.

Meanwhile his disciples urged him, “Rabbi, eat something.”

But he said to them, “I have food to eat that you know nothing about.”

Then his disciples said to each other, “Could someone have brought him food?”

“My food,” said Jesus, “is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work. 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.

From chapter 50 of Alicia Britt Chole’s Sacred Slow

Jesus desires our witness of Him to be the directed overflow of nearness to Him.  However, nearness does not automate witness.  Fruit, in any millennia, must be cultivated.

Consider the disciples who were called to be with Jesus.  They walked with Him and talked with Him and proceeded to walk by others without saying a word.

Remember the Samaritan woman who spent time alone with Jesus by a well and then brought her whole town to meet Him?  Nearness with Jesus immediately produced the fruit of proclamation in her life.  However, she was not the first person familiar with Jesus’ presence to go into town that day.

The disciples had been there earlier.

We read in John 4:8, “His disciples had gone into the town to buy food.”  In town, they interacted with bakers, fishermen, and fruit sellers in the marketplace long enough to buy sufficient food to feed at least thirteen.

So twelve leaders who walked alongside Jesus 24/7 went into a town and said, “We’d like to buy six fish and a loaf of bread.”  How many people followed them back to meet Jesus?

Not even one.

One Samaritan woman who had spent perhaps less than an hour with Jesus went into the same town and said, “Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did.  Could this be the Messiah?”  (John 4:29).  How many people followed her back to meet Jesus?

Exactly.  The whole town!

Perhaps the Twelve felt they were not “on duty” in town.  After all, they were shopping, not serving or speaking at one of Jesus’ designated outreaches.  Whatever the reasoning, Jesus’ call to them was clear: “I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields!  They are ripe for harvest” (v. 35).

As the disciples strained their brains to look beyond their appetites, agendas, and prejudices in the direction Jesus indicated, imagine what they must have seen: not wheat wagging in the wind but an entire town just trying to find their way to Jesus.  The disciples walked with Jesus closely but still viewed evangelism as an event.

In the enormous chunk of life that existed outside of outreaches, they lived attached to Jesus and detached from the lost.

As we walk intentionally with Jesus, let us seek to manifest His love to every soul we encounter.