From the Pastor’s Desk:
I love fall! This is the time of year where the trees explode with colors, there is a chill in the air and the footballs are flying. It’s sweatshirt and bonfire time, it is pumpkin spice flavor everything time and of course it is harvest time. Farmers are getting ready to bring in the harvest, they are making sure their equipment is in working order and they are anxiously counting down the days until it is time to bring in the bushels.
This time of year reminds me as well about another harvest that is ready. Matthew 9:35-38 says, “Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, ‘The harvest is plentiful but he workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” We all have a harvest field to work in for the Lord. Each one of us has been placed in a unique family, a unique neighborhood or community, a unique job or school environment and a unique friend group. Are you working for God in those fields?
In the passage above we see that Jesus is preaching the good news of the kingdom everywhere he goes and he see the people who are there to listen or the ones he is passing by on the road and he notices something. These people are without hope, they are helpless and harassed. They have no one to lead them or guide them. His heart went out to them and realized that something needed to be done. He was harvesting where God had called him, and then he started to recruit others to work with him. There are plenty of people out in this world that need to hear the gospel. We will never run out of a field to work in for the Lord. Don’t make the excuse that someone else can do it. God has put you where you are at for a reason in this season of your life. Will you be at work in the harvest field for him?
Church, I pray that we will all commit to going into the harvest field that God has placed us in like Jesus. Go with compassion, with love, with joy and with the good news and watch God bring in the harvest. Just like farmers trust God for the rain and for the yields, but still do the work to plant, weed and harvest, we too must trust God to prepare the soul and touch the heart of the person he has called us to share the good news with. God is the one that saves, but he wants you to be a part of the process. Will you be a worker for God this fall?