40 Days of Prayer – Day Twelve
Looking Above and Beyond – Part One
“I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest.”
John 4:35b (NIV)
Imagine the scene ….
Jesus is gathered with a small group of followers on a hillside overlooking the area surrounding our church. With a sweeping gesture of His hand, He says “Some think there are still four months until harvest, but I say, lift up your eyes and look on the fields, for they are white already to harvest.” The followers squint their eyes, straining to see what Jesus sees, but they recognize no gleaming fields of grain. Only brick and mortar, wood and shingles, roads of asphalt and streams of vehicles. With puzzled expressions they turn to Him, as if to ask, where exactly is the grain ready to harvest? Knowing their hearts, He says, “I’m not talking about a physical harvest of grain, but a spiritual harvest of people.” Patiently, He continues, “Dear ones, you must look above and beyond the distractions to see the people. It is to them that I came to give life and give it abundantly.”
Of course, this scenario did not literally occur anywhere near our church. But the pattern for it did happen nearly two thousand years ago; for when Jesus had this kind of conversation with some of His disciples, He was establishing an enduring principle. There is really no difference between those believers of the first century and us of this century. Just as He wanted them to see the spiritual harvest, He wants us to do the same today. And, just as they needed to look above and beyond, so do we.
Right now, at this crucial moment for the ministry of our church, God is checking our vision. As we embark upon our stewardship program, He’s determining if we can see what He really wants us to see. And He’s challenging us to be obedient to Him as we do what spiritual vision demands that we do. Today, ask yourself and those closest to you, “What can we do to check our spiritual vision and ensure that we see what is right?”