In a well known biblical quote, Jesus said “Lift up your eyes and look on the fields. They are white for harvest.” I used to think (because it’s what I was taught) that this meant there were people just lining up to change their religious beliefs. It never seemed to work out that way, however, and now I know why. It’s because the Son of God was saying something quite different.
The true meaning of these words is actually right there in the context of the scripture. Immediately prior, Jesus said “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me and accomplish His work.”
I encounter dozens of men and women each day who need everything from a smile to a sandwich. I don’t have to start an international organization in order to lend a hand. Instead, a few dollars or a listening ear can revolutionize someone’s life.
Those in need of love, understanding, kindness, encouragement, and even the smallest amounts of practical help are literally all around me. Finding an opportunity to do God’s will and accomplish His work is as easy as picking a piece of produce from a field that’s white for harvest. All I have to do is lift up my eyes.