September 13, 2010

The Harvest

"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 9:37-38

"I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields ! They are ripe for harvest."  - John 4:35

Jesus was speaking about the spiritual harvest in these verses. He spoke about a plentiful harvest, meaning that God had already done the work of touching and preparing the hearts of many people. Many people are ready to hear about Jesus, they are just waiting for someone to love them enough and care enough to share the wonderful news of Jesus with them. God is mightily at work all around us, touching and opening the hearts and minds of many people today, and He wants His church to join Him in the harvest work of sharing the Good News with those He has prepared, and helping them to have a personal relationship with Him through Christ. In John 5:17 Jesus said "My Father is always at His work to this very day, and I too am working." This is still true today. God is the same God today as He was when Jesus spoke these words over 2000 years ago. We need to always be seeking where God is at work, and then be ready to join Him. In John 4:35 above, Jesus said we need to open our eyes (our spiritual eyes), and see that the harvest is ripe and ready, thanks to God and His Holy Spirit. Many Christians are living their lives with closed spiritual eyes, unaware of God's activity all around them. They are blinded by the cares of the world, or by sin, or by being self-centered, or even by religion or by being too busy "serving God" at their church. May God open our spiritual eyes so that we may see how He is mightily at work, and how we can join Him in the great harvest He has already prepared. The harvest is ready ... are we ready ?

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