Joy in the Harvest!!
“You know the saying, ‘Four months between planting and harvest.’ But I say, wake up and look around. The fields are already ripe for harvest. The harvesters are paid good wages, and the fruit they harvest is people brought to eternal life. What joy awaits both the planter and the harvester alike!” - John 4:35-36 NLT
It is time for us to stir up those rivers of living water (John 7:38) and release a torrent of God’s Presence that will quench the thirst of those who have long since despaired of hope. We need to awaken our hearts to the possibilities of God expressing Himself through us and bringing change to our world. This is God’s idea of harvest. I believe the remedy for much of the joylessness in our lives and churches is a fresh inflow of the harvest! People being redeemed out of darkness and finding hope and joy in Christ will flood our hearts and services with joy! This was the source of Jesus’ joy!!! The direction of our focus will determine the attitude of our hearts. If we set our affections on what is desirous of Jesus, our spirits will soar in exhilaration as we help to bring the reward of His suffering before His throne. As we bring the broken, the forgotten, those who have been ravaged by life and left destitute, as we bring these to Jesus and watch the power of the gospel obliterate satan’s damage, life will transform death’s demise and the glory of the image of God will be restored! Joy will resound in heaven and it is so powerful that we on earth can sense it too! Many have lost their way, many have wandered outside the safety of the fold. Let’s bend our hearts in prayer and let the Father fill our hearts with His compassion. Let’s allow our hearts to be refueled by the Lord of the Harvest. He didn’t spend so much to see so little. He didn’t give His all to receive a partial harvest. Jesus’ reward will be realized and we have the privilege of bringing them into His arms.
“For I fully expect and hope that I will never be ashamed, but that I will continue to be bold for Christ, as I have been in the past. And I trust that my life will bring honor to Christ, whether I live or die.” – Phil. 1:20-21 NLT