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Harvest Waiting: Lenten Devotions

by | Feb 19, 2024 | Great Commission, Lenten Devotions, Witnessing

So the woman left her water jar and went away into town and said to the people, ‘Come, see a Man who told me all that I ever did. Can this be the Christ?’ … Many Samaritans from that town believed in Him because of the woman’s testimony … And many more believed because of His word. They said to the woman, ‘It is no longer because of what you said that we believe, for we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this is indeed the Savior of the world.'”

(John 4:28-29, 39a, 41-42 ESV)

I have to laugh at what the villagers say to the woman after they finally meet Jesus for themselves. “It is no longer because of what you said that we believe.” It sounds so much like “Neener neener” in the mouth of a small child. You have nothing to do with my salvation! I don’t owe you anything!

To be sure, it isn’t kind, but they’re correct. Salvation comes from Jesus! We owe everything to Him who lived and died and rose again, all to make us His own. Samaritans, disciples, people in the 21st century—it doesn’t matter. He wants us to be His people, His harvest.

You can hear the joy in His voice during a quiet moment with the disciples. In the distance they can already see the whole village coming out to the well to see Jesus, and He says, “Look, I tell you, lift up your eyes, and see that the fields are white for harvest.” If you trust in Jesus to give you the living water of salvation, you are part of His harvest, part of His joy.

We Pray: Savior, thank You for making me Yours. Amen.

Reflection Questions:
* Does it surprise you, to know that you make Jesus happy?
* When did you become a part of Jesus’ harvest?
* Who are the people around you who might be ready to hear about Jesus?

Lenten Devotions were written by Dr. Kari Vo.
Originally published in The Lutheran Hour on February 20, 2024
Used by permission from International Lutheran Laymen’s League, all rights