Published by Theresee on Thu, 06/13/2013 - 8:35pm
By: Jack McCall
He told them, "The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field."
Jesus is talking to his disciples in the above passage and charging them - and each of us - with a responsibility to spread the good news. He doesn't say, "Only preach the good news on Sundays between the hours of ten and noon. Jesus doesn't say to harvest only when they are in the mood, or only to the well-dressed, the clean, the healthy and the rich. He's telling them to harvest day in and day out, around the clock, 24/7.
The harvest is wherever I am. It doesn't matter if I'm healthy or sick, rich or poor, busy or not busy, working or on vacation, in the office or at home, in the mood or out of the mood, at church or not at church, or in good times or bad times. If God needs a harvester, I'm to be ready and available. How God uses me as a harvester or which harvest field I find myself in is his doing. My job as a harvester is to harvest the field in which I am standing and leave the rest to him.
One of my customers called and shared that he would be closing his business and thanked me for my services over the years. I said, "Are you retiring?” He said, "Yes. I have Parkinson's.” I began to pray out loud over the phone and his muffled weeping told me that God was touching him deeply. When God uses us to harvest, it may very well be something very simple; very small. I didn't stop to ask this man if he was Christian, if he knew Jesus or if he had given his life to Jesus. I stopped to pray for him because that's what Jesus would do. The fruit of the moment was ripe for harvesting and God was counting on me to be available.
Being a harvester is such an important job. Jesus wants to use us for drawing as many people to his heart as possible, but how we harvest is very important. He doesn't want us to beat folks over the head with our bibles or drag them to church kicking and screaming. He doesn't want us to damage the crop in the process of harvesting it. He wants us to take great care in our approach and use much love while doing his bidding. His love through us is the most powerful harvesting vehicle we have. To harvest any other way is not the way of Jesus Christ.
TAKE THE CHALLENGE: Am I harvesting for Jesus in my relationship with family? Am I harvesting for Jesus in the workplace? Am I harvesting for Jesus in love? Do I care for the harvested crop afterwards?