Proverbs 10:5 “He that gathereth in summer is a wise son: but he that sleepeth in harvest is a son that causeth shame.”
As a child, I learned very early the principle of sowing and reaping. Our family was given an acre of land from one of my uncles for us to farm. We grew all sorts of things, from beans, peas, and carrots to tomatoes, potatoes, and corn. We had a strawberry patch, melons, and squash that grew in abundance.
With all that we planted came the maintenance as well. There was weeding, watering, and fertilizing. But then came the harvest.
Bending over plants to pick became an arduous task. We would gather all for the day, and then came the preserving. Some were blanched and frozen. Others were boiled and canned to be put up for the winter. There were some years of such plenty that we began to sell to the neighborhood.
When harvest time came, it was the duty of every family member to participate. It is no wonder that Jesus used farming comparisons to illustrate the work the Father has given us.
We can all see the signs of the times. Many know for sure that we are in the last days. The day of Jesus’ return is imminent. No more prophecies are needing to be fulfilled for Him to come. It is the belief of this author that all that is required is the reaping of the harvest.
John 4:35 “Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest.”
A field ‘white already to harvest’ will spoil if not done quickly. Wheat or barley will turn white just before beginning to mold in the field. Jesus was using this illustration to reveal to us the spiritual harvest that is needed.
The world’s temperament towards Christianity is shifting. In many areas, there has always been a resistance to the spreading of the gospel. Those who once knew great freedom are now seeing resistance.
At its root are the local New testament churches worldwide. This pandemic has hit many communities hard. Churches closed to comply with the healthcare guidelines, and others operated under the radar.
Some churches improvised, using social media and video programs to keep the message going out to their people. We all know that viewing online is nothing like experiencing it in person. The camaraderie and the fellowship we share when we gather cannot be replaced.
As with any work, there is a great need for workers.
Luke 10:2 “Therefore said he unto them, The harvest truly is great, but the labourers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth labourers into his harvest.”
So, when we fail to meet, the work goes unfinished. There is greater accountability when the church meets than when we are apart. Any organization feeds off of positive peer pressure.
Yet, it is more than just a collective effort. It must be decided by every individual child of God that they will be a ready witness for the Lord.
I think we can all agree that the harvest is all around us—our neighbor next door to the clerk at the store. The mechanic and the salesperson are all in need of the gospel.
We can only be ready witnesses as the Spirit moves us. Not only that, but we must be willing to create opportunities for the Lord to be brought into our daily lives.
I have long coined a response to those who would ask, “How are you today?” I respond with, “One day closer to Heaven.” I have gotten queer looks, silence, and some ask, “How can anyone know?”
Thus opening the door to give them 1 John 5:13.
1 John 5:13 “These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.”
Sometimes, it will open the discussion to a seeking soul. Other times, it leaves them thinking about their own eternal destiny. Neither would have happened if I hadn’t opened my mouth for the Lord.
We are God’s billboard for His want ad to be seen of the world. What we possess, a transformed life is what can be displayed as evidence. We must only be willing.
Many will say they fear rejection and hatred. Jesus told us beforehand that this would happen and why.
John 15:18 “If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you.”
In the end, we are to be ready witnesses for the hope we possess.
1 Peter 3:15-16 “But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear: Having a good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you, as of evildoers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ.”
We must not be silent.
One day, it will be too late.