Thursday, September 20, 2007

It's harvest time

There is a time for planting, but also a time for the harvest. We are called to both sow seeds for the kingdom, but also to bring in the harvest.
Then he said to his disciples, "The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few." - Matt. 9:37
What happens when the crop is neglected and not harvested? What happens when it is left standing in the field too long? It shrivels up and dies. The opportunity has passed. The crop is lost.

Yes, we are called to plant kingdom seeds, but we are also called to harvest. We must be daily working the fields and not allowing the crops to die due to lack of attention or lack of workers. What does harvesting look like? Well, Jesus sent out his 12 disciples to bring in the harvest and told them to touch lives and perform miracles and healings. However, his primary instruction was to preach the kingdom of God and repentance. Harvesting is bringing people into the kingdom of God, into a life of repentance, complete submission to the Lord, and victory in Christ.
They went out and preached that people should repent. - Mark 6:12
As followers of Christ, let’s challenge each to be doers of the Word, not just hearers. Let’s spur each other on to roll up our sleeves and bring in the harvest.


Brian said...

Hey, nice thought provoking posts on evangelism.

Kathy said...

Our congregation is studying the book of James and we have been challenged to be doers of the word, not just hearers. Your illustration was another good reminder.