Jesus is having a deeeeep discussion with a not-all-that-holy woman at a well. First, he revealed to her that he is the living water that satisfies our deepest need forever. Then, he revealed that he is the long-awaited Messiah.
Here’s what happened next, according to eyewitness accounts:
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, the 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. Even now the one who reaps draws a wage and harvests a crop for eternal life, so that the sower and the reaper may be glad together. Thus the saying ‘One sows and another reaps’ is true. I sent you to reap what you have not worked for. Others have done the hard work, and you have reaped the benefits of their labor.”
Let’s look at our 2 BIG Questions:
Who exactly is Jesus?
Jesus makes his mission clear: he was sent to do the will of his Heavenly Father and to finish his work. That’s his sustenance, his food, his daily bread.
What exactly does Jesus want us to do?
Jesus makes that clear, too: “Open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest.” Note the exclamation point. Jesus is passionate about his followers working with him to fulfill his Father’s will of “harvesting a crop for eternal life.” But we’re never alone in this endeavor. Much work has already been done and will continue to be done by the Holy Spirit until the Father’s plan is fully consummated.
Ask the Spirit to open your eyes right now to the opportunities all around you to play your part in God’s plan.
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