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 9:37-38
Harvest season on the farm was one of those periods of time when you could prepare, be ready, patient and on the day when the weather was right and the grain was dry “Get-R-Done”. There was no delay in starting the harvest. All other things were put on hold. All attention, resources and labor were focused on bringing in the grain as quickly as possible before any changes in weather conditions could destroy it all. Even Luke mentioned it “When you see clouds beginning to form in the west, you say, ‘Here comes a shower.’ And you are right. When the south wind blows, you say, ‘Today will be a scorcher.’ And it is”.
Harvest season was surrounded by a sense of urgency shared by all; neighbors helping neighbors, implement dealers working round the clock to supply repairs, fuel suppliers keeping tanks full and on and on but the weather was something you could only observe, hope and pray would stay favorable. If a forecast changed to potential storms the urgency now increased to twenty-four hours a day, non-stop. Even an electrical storm could mean fire that would consume the harvest in minutes. It was scarry being in the cab of a self-propelled combine; a four-foot square of glass and steel, when the static electricity in the air makes hair on your head and arms stand out like straw, it quickens even your spirit to finish and exit harvest field. And yet, the harvest continued regardless.
God has given us that same sense of urgency to reach the lost now. We can talk, plan and watch all the weather apps, but it does not reap the harvest. It takes action before the coming storm.
Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming. Matthew 25:13
Christ is coming but no one knows the exact moment, but when He comes it will be as quick as a flash of lighting, quickly coming and gone.
If we have not accepted Christ as Savior and Lord, or those we could have, should have, would have ushered in from the harvest field leading them to Christ, be it husband, wife, children, mother, father, friend or stranger, satans storm can destroy.
Christ’s solution regarding the urgency of you and I not delaying our help in the harvest is found in John 9:4 “I must work the works of Him who sent Me while it is day; the night is coming when no one can work.” The NO ONE is all inclusive to you and I, emphasizing we, you and I, need to be about the Fathers work, in the harvest field, now. The storm is on the horizon!
God created you. God will equip you. Who has He placed on your heart, in your path to bring in from the harvest field, today, without delay or hesitation? Let’s be found Out-Standing in the Lord’s harvest field, reaching the lost for Him.
Yours in Christ,
Rev. Jerry Schmid