The Harvest Is Plentiful So What Are You Doing About It?
Written by Mark Wickersham, ECS Director of Spiritual Formation
Fall is here so that means pumpkin spice coffee, creamer, cake, candles, and cookies. Did you know we even have pumpkin spice ramen, SPAM, and dog treats? I kid you not. I guess we need our pumpkin spice! Fall is not just a time for pumpkin spice; it’s a time when many Tri-State farmers harvest their crops.
The Bible contains many harvest references because most societies were predominantly agricultural during biblical times. Additionally, the word “harvest” contains deep spiritual meaning and is a figure of speech for spiritual growth and wellness.
In Matthew 9:35-38, we can read about Jesus teaching, proclaiming the gospel, and healing diseases. He showed compassion to the helpless crowds and told his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few, therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.” Jesus referred to the countless souls who needed to repent and trust in Him who were right there ready to respond.
Are you seeing that the harvest is plentiful? Do you care? Do you see that most people are lost and need to hear the good news of Jesus Christ? Are you actively sharing what Christ has done and is doing in your life?
Perhaps you’re an introvert (like me), super shy (like Corrie ten Boom), lacking confidence (like Jeremiah), or a bad speaker (like Moses). We have no excuse. We are commanded to go and make disciples of all nations (Matthew 28:19). We Christians have the all-powerful Holy Spirit inside us who guides us and gives us the words we need at just the right time (Luke 12:12). If we truly love others, we’ll desire that they know the greatest gift we have, Jesus Christ (Philippians 3:7-8). We’ll desire that they know His peace and joy and spend eternity in Heaven (John 3:16). Ministry is not just for pastors, missionaries, Bible teachers, and Spiritual Formation Directors. If you are following Christ, you are His ambassador (2 Corinthians 5:20) and we are all to minister to those in need.
So again, what are you doing to share the love of Christ in word and deed? Let’s take advantage of the opportunities God gives us to proclaim the name of Christ! And if you have an encouraging harvest story or an effective approach to engaging others in spiritual discussions, let the world know. I would love to hear how God has worked in your life and the life-changing impact He has made on you and others. To God be the glory!