About This Episode:

The harvest is now! The time for revival is NOW, and we have no more time to waste and wait.

In John 4, Jesus encountered the Samaritan woman at the well, and her life was transformed. She sprang into action, telling everyone to come and meet the man who had changed her (verses 28-30).

A Sense of Urgency

Jesus reiterates this sense of urgency to the disciples. “My food,” said Jesus, “is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work” (verse 34). That’s what it means to be a follower of God.

Jesus then addresses the problem. “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” (verse 35). Jesus calls for us to see with our spiritual eyes. Revival requires action on the part of God’s people. Many churches today say they want revival, but they wait on God to do all the work. They miss their “now” moment! (Click here for another episode about “Three Ways to Get Revival” in your church!)

We need to be like the woman at the well who had the right response to Jesus. She did not hesitate to do the will of God. She immediately called for a revival in her town, and many people believed in Jesus.

“Start laying the foundation of hunger. Start setting your priorities now.”

If we want God to move, we have to move now. Get on our faces, and cry out God! Repent of our lack of interest in God and lack of time given to him. Put God first, and seek first the Kingdom of God! “I can’t live one more day without the presence of God!” If you have that attitude, you can set your church on fire for God and bring revival. Stop giving yourself more time! There is no more time.

Further Bible Reading:

John 4:1-42 (NIV)

1 Now Jesus learned that the Pharisees had heard that he was gaining and baptizing more disciples than John— 2 although in fact it was not Jesus who baptized, but his disciples. 3 So he left Judea and went back once more to Galilee.

4 Now he had to go through Samaria. 5 So he came to a town in Samaria called Sychar, near the plot of ground Jacob had given to his son Joseph. 6 Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, tired as he was from the journey, sat down by the well. It was about noon.

7 When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Will you give me a drink?” 8 (His disciples had gone into the town to buy food.)

9 The Samaritan woman said to him, “You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?” (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans.[a])

10 Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.”

11 “Sir,” the woman said, “you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water? 12 Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did also his sons and his livestock?”

13 Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, 14 but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”

15 The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water so that I won’t get thirsty and have to keep coming here to draw water.”

16 He told her, “Go, call your husband and come back.”

17 “I have no husband,” she replied.

Jesus said to her, “You are right when you say you have no husband. 18 The fact is, you have had five husbands, and the man you now have is not your husband. What you have just said is quite true.”

19 “Sir,” the woman said, “I can see that you are a prophet. 20 Our ancestors worshiped on this mountain, but you Jews claim that the place where we must worship is in Jerusalem.”

21 “Woman,” Jesus replied, “believe me, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. 22 You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews. 23 Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. 24 God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.”

25 The woman said, “I know that Messiah” (called Christ) “is coming. When he comes, he will explain everything to us.”

26 Then Jesus declared, “I, the one speaking to you—I am he.”

27 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?”

28 Then, leaving her water jar, the woman went back to the town and said to the people, 29 “Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did. Could this be the Messiah?” 30 They came out of the town and made their way toward him.

31 Meanwhile his disciples urged him, “Rabbi, eat something.”

32 But he said to them, “I have food to eat that you know nothing about.”

33 Then his disciples said to each other, “Could someone have brought him food?”

34 “My food,” said Jesus, “is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work. 35 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. 36 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. 37 Thus the saying ‘One sows and another reaps’ is true. 38 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.”

39 Many of the Samaritans from that town believed in him because of the woman’s testimony, “He told me everything I ever did.” 40 So when the Samaritans came to him, they urged him to stay with them, and he stayed two days. 41 And because of his words many more became believers.

42 They said to the woman, “We no longer believe just because of what you said; now we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this man really is the Savior of the world.”
  • Are your spiritual eyes open?
  • Do you put the will of God first in your life—over your own will?
  • What are you doing to get revival now?

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Quotes To Remember:

  • 6:07 Don’t say you have more time! ‘I’m doing the will of God now.’
  • 6:32 Even revival-positive churches that say they want revival miss the “now” moment and how to respond. They’re just waiting on God.
  • 6:55 When you open your spiritual eyes, don’t wait.
  • 8:58 You get so distracted by wanting to do so many other things with your life, and God things are at the bottom of your list.
  • 10:57 People preach revival, but they always give themselves more time.
  • 11:14 You trigger revival when you don’t give yourself any more time. ‘I’ve got to have what God has now!’
  • 11:44 Start laying the foundation of hunger. Start setting your priorities now.
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