The Harvest Is White: Pentecost

Look at what Jesus says about how he feels after talking to the disciples (vv. 32, 34): He's no longer hungry, and he talks about how he's been on the will of God through his conversation with the Samaritan woman. Think about a time when you felt like you were totally engaged in the doing the will of God. What were you doing? What did it feel like? How do you try to do it in your life now?

Read at Romans 12:1-2 together. Paul describes the need for Christians to be transformed by the renewal of our minds and testing things out in order that we might please and worship God. This is clearly not the kind of thing that happens overnight or automatically, but through sustained efforts to align our loves and desires with will of God. A key part of delighting in evangelism and disciple-making is cultivating a taste for it. What might that look like in your life? How could you become more motivated to share your faith with non-Christians, and build up the Christians in your life to become more like Christ?

In John 4:35, Jesus says "the fields are white for harvest." The disciples did not seem to think of the Samaritan woman as "ready for harvest," and they probably did not assume that 3,000 people would be ready for harvest in Acts 2. Most of us probably do not see our non-Christian friends, family, and acquaintances as "white for harvest." But Jesus says it is so: That many, many people are ready to come into God's kingdom if we tell them the truth in love. Who can you share the Gospel with in your life this week? How will you prepare yourself mentally to speak the truth in love? Consider this challenge: Commit to sharing the love of Jesus in words and action with at least one person in the coming week. Make sure to share stories about it in group next week!