The harvest season is in full swing, the corn around the property is down and the combines are in the fields day and night. It is important to be ready for the harvest when the time is right the window of opportunity doesn‘t stay open forever. For example, it would be a bad practice to start up the equipment for the first time the day you want to work in the field, what if it doesn’t start? Now you’re wasting valuable time getting it fixed when you could have been ready if you’d checked to make sure everything was running properly beforehand.
God says the world is ready for harvesting new believers; the problem is the workers in the field are few. In Matthew chapter 9, Jesus instructs His disciples to “Ask the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into His harvest field.” In recent history this passage has been applied to full time church-workers, we need these people for sure, but Jesus isn’t talking about full-time workers. Jesus is asking the twelve disciples (full-time workers) to pray for people in the congregations and towns to see themselves as workers in the harvest field.
Are you ready for God’s harvest season or has your faith been collecting dust for a little while? If someone were to approach you about the Jesus you believe in would you be “prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have?” 1 Peter 3:15. Christmas season is fast approaching and people are more receptive to the Gospel of Jesus Christ than at any other time. Now would be a great opportunity to brush up on your beliefs so you aren’t caught off guard! Why do you do what you do and make the choices you make? What difference has a relationship with Jesus made in your life?
Timothy is instructed to be prepared “in season and out of season!” The question could come at any time because the harvest is always ready and the workers are few, ask the Lord of the harvest to prepare you and refine you so you will rely on Him. Then remember “the Holy Spirit will teach you in that very hour what you ought to say,” Luke 12:12. So be ready, and trust God to do His miraculous work as you labor for Him in the harvest fields.
His servant and yours,
Pastor Erik Gauss