“Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest” (John 4:35).
It is easy to become distracted with the world. While Jesus was involved in teaching a Samaritan woman, His disciples were away buying food (John 4:8). Once they returned, they marveled (wondered) that he even spoke with the woman (John 4:27). The disciples then urged Jesus to eat some food (John 4:31). The reply of Jesus shifted the focus back to the more important matter of a great harvest, not of physical grain, but of precious souls (John 4:32-35). We know this to be the case as He has in mind gathering fruit unto eternal life (John 4:36).
Precious souls believed on Christ because of His communication with this Samaritan woman and her testimony (John 4:39). When others came to and heard Jesus Himself they also believed and knew Him to be the Christ, the Savior of the world (John 4:40-42). We need more laborers lifting up their eyes and looking on the fields for, “The harvest truly is great, but the labourers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth labourers into his harvest” (Luke 10:2). Let us not be so preoccupied with the everyday functions of life that we miss the big picture. It is harvest time, brethren!