…the harvest is the end of the world… Matthew 13:39 KJV
I want to talk just for a few moments today about the harvest.
“The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore beseech the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest." (Luke 10:2 NASB)
Those of us who do not live by agriculture don’t always understand the fragile nature of a harvest.
- Harvest is fleeting.
- Harvest is perishable.
- Harvest is demanding.
- Harvest is the only reason a farmer buys a field.
When the harvest comes around, it is all hand on deck, especially wheat! You have to have the right weather for long enough to get it cut and gathered or it will be ruined.
If you don’t get the harvest in the barn, you have not wasted a day, you have wasted a season. [Tweet This]
This harvest is the end of the world.
Jesus – you say such extreme things sometimes!
It is the end of the world for the harvest.
For the one who is on the cusp of turning to Christ – for the one who is “white unto harvest.” One who has heard the gospel and is caught between two kingdoms.
What is a land owner to do?
- Notice it is His harvest.
- Notice they are His laborers.
- Notice our part – beg the Lord to send His laborers into His harvest.
There are folks in your life who are right there, white unto harvest. Maybe you are aware of it, and maybe not, but the Father is looking over His field today, and knows exactly how to bring that grain into the barn.
His plan involves you on two levels.
- Beg the Lord of the harvest to send laborers into the field for those you can not reach. Perhaps there is a loved one you have preached to, but has shut you down at every turn. Beseech – beg – implore - the Lord of the harvest to send someone into your loved ones life who can reach them – one with exactly the right skill set and temperament.
- Be that laborer in the lives of those you can reach. Listen for the voice of the Spirit in your life, and be ready to sow, water, fertilize or gather.
There is a wonderful promise in Psalm 126 that covers both sides of this mission.
Those who sow in tears shall reap with joyful shouting. He who goes to and fro weeping, carrying his bag of seed, Shall indeed come again with a shout of joy, bringing his sheaves with him. (Psalm 126:5,6 NASB)
Today is a good day to ask, and a good day to listen.
See you tomorrow