Do you not say, ‘Four months more and then the harvest’? I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest. Even now the reaper draws his wages, even now he harvests the crop for eternal life, so that the sower and the reaper may be glad together. Thus the saying ‘One sows and another reaps’ is true. 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.” John 4:35-38
Jesus tells us to OPEN OUR EYES AND LOOK!
Look – the harvest is RIPE. READY. GREAT. PLENTIFUL. LARGE.
When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” Matthew 9:36-38
fter this the Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them two by two ahead of him to every town and place where he was about to go. He told them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field. Luke 10:1-2
The harvest is limitless and expansive. But the workers are few. Or perhaps it could be interpreted, in my heart and mind anyway, as the workers with willing hearts, is few.
My prayer for this upcoming year is that i would have a willing heart and would be in the fields, harvesting.
When you think about it the worker is called to GO and it is GOD who harvests and works in peoples hearts to move them towards salvation and new birth.
We are called to be partners with God, co-labourers, ministers of reconcilliation.
Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God. For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. 2 Corinthians 5:20-21
What is it that holds us back from the harvest, from going out as a worker in the field for God, in the field for who Jesus stretched his arms and died for?
Perhaps we have our eyes closed – we need to heed what Jesus said, to open our eyes and look! to look at the neighbours around us, our classmates, our workmates, the checkout chick at the supermarket… the lost are lost and need a saviour.
He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.” John 3:36
We have become complacent children, content in the grace of God lavished upon us, so much so that we forget the days before we were found and we disgregard the fate of those around us. Oh may God stir me and stir us! May our hearts be filled with love and vision for the harvest! Time is short!