Week 1... Reaping the Harvest
October 15, 2012
“The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few”
When we speak of harvest, it usually implies to a crop waiting to be collected. It denotes something to be gathered either individually or by group. We picture someone reaping an abundance of goods as the thought settles. A worker with a bundle of crops in his shoulders walking to the basket is a common sight in the field when the season is right.
Matthew 9:35 tells us that Jesus was visiting towns and villages preaching the good news. He was in constant motion doing the will of the Lord. He has gone from one place to another sharing God’s love upon everyone. Walking with his disciples, he was showing to them his goodness with each passing day.
Wherever he goes, a crowd was there with him. Many people kept coming where he currently was. Everyone was excited just by hearing his name. There had been many said in regard that they wanted to see Jesus personally. Hearing his word was their aim and his works overwhelms those around.
On one of his preachings, he looked at the multitude and was distressed. He was deeply concerned about them. He had always loved them tenderly even before they weren’t in his presence now. They were all patient for him. His care for them was beyond measure that he had came down for the very purpose of giving up his life in the cross for many.
He spoke of what they are accordingly. They were like the harvest. A season to gather crops is at hand. After some time, a farmer will be in the field doing the meaningful job. The waiting would be over as the day he was patient for arises. He would be out looking thoroughly at what he planted. He would prepare his equipments at their best and begin the long hours gleaning them. With his sickle, he cuts below pulling the crop up. From one soil to another, he skilfully wipes the field clean.
The point is that Jesus didn’t grow to be a farmer that he have taken the task to harvest something that was planted. He hadn’t lived his life in a farm nor been inclined to the job first hand but he knows what is like that the people with him emphasized the importance of why he was there upon them gathering on him. It was all for them. He wasn’t speaking of crops literally but about the many people who haven’t received him as their personal Lord and Saviour. There are still a lot who are living their lives without Jesus. They have no definite meaning in their lives. They are like lost sheeps who need a shepherd. They need someone to open up their eyes into how the Lord have always been there for them and how he loved them so.
As Christians, we ought to be the way for them to know Jesus even more. He wasn’t just someone who died in the cross two thousand years ago. He wasn’t just someone who have been persecuted like the prophets and died. He wasn’t just someone who did miracles and heal a lot of sick out of faith. John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son that whosoever believe in him shall not perish but have everlasting life.”
If you are fond of crops, then you can probably relate to what I would say. It takes time to grow any plant and you have to wait whether you like it or the other way around until you can benefit from them. You would more or less have to wait for months until you can eat any of the fruits. They may be best eaten with a companion or have them prepared for a pleasant meal. But, aside from the counting of days until the harvest, there is another one to consider. When the crops are ready, you mustn’t be all too confident. You mustn’t rely much that they would be there every time you look. You mustn’t be lying around all the time when you can have yourself picking up the wheat. There may come a time and will certainly will that you won’t be able to put them in baskets anymore. They will be unfit anymore for harvest. There will come a time when you can’t anymore do what you ought to.
Do your best to share the word of God. Make effort to preach the good news. The big headline has came long ago. Let’s tell of his wonderful love. You got to know beyond what the crowd says and seek him with all of who you are. Jesus is the way, the truth and the life. In him, we have eternal life. We have a wonderful future with him In our lives. Salvation is in him and we ought to be glad for it. We have a God who cares for us. As you reap the harvest preaching the good news of God’s love upon everyone which includes bible study, bear in mind that he is always with you in your high and even in low points of your life. When you think you have gone a thousand miles away from God, it isn’t hard to know he is only a step backward. Wouldn’t it be a joy to know you would be the one to make those who seems far from the Lord make that step back to him? May God bless you always as you know him more.