Thursday, September 19, 2019

Harvest Time

19 September

You have a saying, ‘Four more months and then the harvest.’ But I tell you, take a good look at the fields; the crops are now ripe and ready to be harvested!  (Jn 4:35; GNT)

When I was younger, much younger, I would spend my summers and falls picking fruit.  I have picked apples, peaches, strawberries, and grapes, just to name a few.  It was hard work!  Sometimes the harvest was not very good, and it would be hard to find anything to pick, while at other times there was so much it seemed we would never get done with that field or orchard and move on to the next.  What I learned through this was that it made no difference what the amount in the field was it still needed to be harvested.

Some people will tell you the town they live in is so small and have so few people that everyone has already heard the gospel message and they are Christians or have refused to follow Christ.  So, they say there is no work to be done in their town.  Others will tell you they live in a town or city where hundreds or more still need to hear the Good News and be saved.  It makes no difference if it is one person or a million, they still need to hear the gospel message, and they may need to hear it over and over again until they understand they can have eternal life.  In those fields where I use to pick fruit, if there was a field where there was not much to harvest I never heard the farmer say, "That's OK, there's not enough to mess with this year so, we'll skip it and hope next year's crop will be better."  We always harvested.  If only one tree produced, we would have been all over that tree until the harvest complete.  The same should be true when it comes to harvesting souls for the Kingdom.  It makes no difference if there are one or a million and one people in your town who have not accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior, we are called to harvest the field. 

Jesus tells us the "crops are now ripe and ready to be harvested," so let's get into the fields and bring the harvest home!

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