Lessons from Jacob’s Well (Part 5): Characteristics of Harvest Time

Posted on January 27, 2021

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Lessons from Jacob’s Well (Part 5): Characteristics of Harvest Time

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. And he that reapeth receiveth wages, and gathereth fruit unto life eternal: that both he that soweth and he that reapeth may rejoice together. And herein is that saying true, One soweth, and another reapeth. I sent you to reap that whereon ye bestowed no labour: other men laboured, and ye are entered into their labours. John 4:35-38

The Lord in John 4:35-38 drew attention to the following characteristics of the harvest time that every one of us needs to be conscious of. Harvest time is:

  1. Appointed and looked for before it comes. The Lord draws the attention of the last days’ believers to this in Matthew 24:14. Are you aware of your responsibility (John 15:16);
  2. a busy time, when all must work following the Master’s example (John 9:4), leading us to know that there’s;
  3. a short time when harvest must be done or not at all. This season of the gospel once past cannot be recalled.

The acceptable time is almost over. Have you recognized your role, a sower or a reaper? The term combine harvester that we read of today in secular agriculture was derived from combining the three separate operations involved in harvesting – reaping, threshing and winnowing – into one process of acceptable fruit that can go into storage (eternal life) – John 4:36; and what a reflection of the end responsibility demanded of us as spoken to in John 15:16!

We all will be held accountable on that day when He gives the reward spoken to in John 4:36.  What are we doing with the time we have on our hands? The song writer said “let me labour for the Master from the dawn till setting sun, let me talk of all His wondrous love and care, and when all of life is over and my work on earth is done, when the roll is called up yonder I will be there.” May that be our testimony! Selah.

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