A Harvest Is Coming
But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd. Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest” (Matthew 9: 36-38 New King James Version).
Over the years, one of the constant themes the Lord has shown me about deals with harvest. There is a harvest coming; He is working to prepare His people for it. The Lord showed me a picture of an old time farm before heavy and modern machinery. When harvest time came, the farmer enlisted extra help with reaping. Harvest season, while rewarding, was a time sensitive, back breaking, and laborious task. Crops had to be picked at certain times, in certain ways and stored accordingly. Everyone worked together to get through the season, no one was above anyone else, they all got sweaty and dirty.
The next picture I saw was the inside of a church. It was filled with people interacting with each other. The doors to the church were closed and locked from the inside, while people stood outside peering in, hoping for an invitation to join the conversation. The people inside were so busy chatting it up with one another, they completely ignored those looking in as though they were not there, yet all over the church were signs declaring “Help the lost find home”, “We are a growing community” and “Bring a friend to church”. Eventually, the people outside walked away in despair. The one place they desperately wanted and needed to be was the one place where they weren’t wanted. This was, by far, the most saddest picture I have ever been shown, and makes me pause to reflect on my behavior towards those who are lost and hurting.
Church, a harvest is coming and we need to prepare. There are people who peer into our lives, hoping to be invited to join the conversation. Let’s open the doors, let’s invite them in! They may not look like we think they should, they probably won’t speak the way we think they should, but they are broken, lonely, lost, hurting and searching for God. Who are we to ignore them and pretend they aren’t there? God is directing people to our churches, we need to make sure we aren’t so caught up with ourselves that we ignore the heart cry of those who are looking for shelter in their storms. It’s time to get sweaty and dirty working together in preparation for the harvest to come.
Let’s Pray: Dear Heavenly Father, You are most Holy and awesome! We come before You exalting Your name and giving You praise! There is none like You, and there is nothing too hard for You! You are love and Your love is everlasting and great! Father, increase our capacity to love others and to extend grace to others. All we have, we received from You, help us to pass it on to those who seek You. Give us eyes to see and ears to hear so that we are no longer focused on ourselves, multiply the compassion within our hearts. Prepare us for the harvest and prepare the harvest for us. We give You all glory and honor, in Jesus’ name, Amen.
Today’s Attitude of Worship: Each of us has a circle of influence, begin to reach beyond your circle. Speak to others of the love of Christ, and what’s he’s done for you. This is not the time to be beating others over the head with the Bible. If you look at the life of Christ, He most often quoted Scripture when he was speaking to the religious elite.
Additional Scriptures: Genesis 8:22; Philippians 2:3-4; James 2:2-4