“I tell you, Open your eyes and look at the fields. They are ripe for harvest…I sent you to reap…” John 4:35,38
Jesus is very pointed when He speaks. He sticks with what is known in people’s lives. He speaks in the vernacular in which they are familiar.
Jesus knew He was sent by God, His Father.
Jesus knew His purpose was to atone for my sin.
Jesus knew His mission was to finish what God had started [v. 41].
The proverbial “elephant in the room” are the multitudes of people that I interact with daily. How do I see them? Are they interruptions to me? Are they annoyances to me? Are they distractions to me? Do I see them as people created in the image of God? Am I willing to consider that the person in front of me may be having their heart crushed from a wrong choice? Or what about the person who is feeling left out because they are different? How about the person who wants to talk about spiritual things because they are afraid of dying but does not dare to admit this to his comrades around him. Do I even care that the person in front of me may be a good and moral person but who does not know Jesus and therefore will die alone and without hope?
Father, Help me to see people with Your eyes…those You have placed me with at work. Help me to see their hearts and not their exterior attributes or attitudes.