What Jesus Did! 'Already Ripe for Harvest' — John 4:35

Saturday, March 19, 2022

[Jesus continued,] "You know the saying, 'Four months between planting and harvest.' But I say, wake up and look around. The fields are already ripe for harvest."
— John 4:35 NLT

Key Thought

For the discerning heart and the listening ear, God reveals that we don't have to wait for a specific harvest time. He has already called some of us to sow, others to be used by him to nourish the seed, and some of us to be his instruments of harvest. So let's pray for hands willing to sow, hearts willing to cultivate, and eyes to see the fields that are already ripe. Let's pray for God to send out more workers into his harvest fields. And let's pray by name for the people God places in our path each day, asking our Father to show us whether it is planting, cultivating, or harvesting time in their lives.

Today's Prayer

Loving Father, please give me a farmer's eyes and your Son's heart so that I can recognize those you have placed in my life for me to touch with your grace. Guide my words so they are appropriate. Protect my influence where evil would like to stain it. Use me to do your work in the lives you have placed in my life to touch. In the name of the Savior of all, Jesus. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • John 12:20-26
  • Matthew 23:18-23
  • Luke 10:1-2


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Illustration of John 4:35 NLT — [Jesus continued,] "You know the saying, 'Four months between planting and harvest.' But I say, wake up and look around. The fields are already ripe for harvest."

About This Devotional

What Jesus Did! is a series of one-year devotional guides through each gospel, using one short scripture passage each day and following the Gospel in sequential order. Each devotional consists of a scripture passage and a reflection and a prayer which open up the day's scripture and show how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware and is available in book form.

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