The disciples were Jesus’ closest friends and followers, yet they were far from perfect. Here Jesus smashed through racial and gender barriers to talk with this woman at the well, reveals Himself as the Messiah, and she runs back to the town to spread the news. These people are literally around the corner, and within minutes, a whole mob is coming to see this Man who told her everything.
These disciples see them coming. And while a whole town was hurrying to see if Jesus was God or not, these men cared more about getting something to eat. The disciples were urging Him, “Rabbi, eat something.” And when He declined, they look at each other puzzled—like, who fed Him? Did He pack His own snacks, and we didn’t know?
So, Jesus communicates a little more bluntly, “My nourishment comes from doing the will of God and from finishing His work. Wake up and look around. The fields are ripe for harvest.” He tells them—open your eyes, look at others instead of focusing on yourself, because you are God’s plan.
He uses us, His people, to declare His message to the towns around us. They are ripe and ready to receive Jesus, and He’s enlisted us in His search committee. But it’ll require us to take our eyes off ourselves and stop living so near-sighted. Rather, when we “seek first His Kingdom and His righteousness, all these things will be given to us as well” (Matt. 6:33).
He knows what we need, and we can trust He will take care of us. But as children of the light, we must look after the needs of others and shine His truth into the darkness of those who have yet to know Him.
- How can you relate to the disciples? What about Jesus’ response stands out to you?
- In what ways do you need to take your eyes off of yourself and seek first His Kingdom? May this be our prayer: “Jesus, I hear you when you say wake up, open your eyes, and look around. There are people all around me who have yet to hear your message. Give me the words and courage to share about you, my Savior, our Messiah.”
27 Just then his disciples came back. They were shocked to find him talking to a woman, but none of them had the nerve to ask, “What do you want with her?” or “Why are you talking to her?” 28 The woman left her water jar beside the well and ran back to the village, telling everyone, 29 “Come and see a man who told me everything I ever did! Could he possibly be the Messiah?” 30 So the people came streaming from the village to see him.
31 Meanwhile, the disciples were urging Jesus, “Rabbi, eat something.”
32 But Jesus replied, “I have a kind of food you know nothing about.”
33 “Did someone bring him food while we were gone?” the disciples asked each other.
34 Then Jesus explained: “My nourishment comes from doing the will of God, who sent me, and from finishing his work. 35 You know the saying, ‘Four months between planting and harvest.’ But I say, wake up and look around. The fields are already ripe[a] for harvest. 36 The harvesters are paid good wages, and the fruit they harvest is people brought to eternal life. What joy awaits both the planter and the harvester alike! 37 You know the saying, ‘One plants and another harvests.’ And it’s true. 38 I sent you to harvest where you didn’t plant; others had already done the work, and now you will get to gather the harvest.”
Many Samaritans Believe
39 Many Samaritans from the village believed in Jesus because the woman had said, “He told me everything I ever did!” 40 When they came out to see him, they begged him to stay in their village. So he stayed for two days, 41 long enough for many more to hear his message and believe. 42 Then they said to the woman, “Now we believe, not just because of what you told us, but because we have heard him ourselves. Now we know that he is indeed the Savior of the world.”