Rethink Harvest


Are you a worker in the harvest? Notice how Jesus did this – he was out there among the people and simply took the good news with him. The harvest in your city isn’t a special trip. It’s what we do every day as we interact with the world around us…

35 Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness. 36 When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. 37 Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. 38 Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.”
Matthew 9:35-38

What is the harvest field? Isn’t it the towns and villages around us? That’s where Jesus went. Into those towns and villages. He brought good news of the kingdom and healing. He had compassion on the harassed and helpless. He found and led those who were like sheep without a shepherd.

I don’t want to go. I don’t want to go to ___. Pick your spot. Usually we say we don’t want to go to Africa. Lord, send someone else to the third world country to be missionaries to them. I get it. It’s a hard job for resilient hearts. And if you are called there, you will likely end up going. The Spirit is persistent.

But today, I am talking about your town and the next. Your harvest field starts in your neighbourhood. And mine. With our cities. There is a harvest where we are.

Are you a worker in the harvest? Are you part of the effort? This harvest work can run counter to our desire to sit on the couch. Some of us would prefer to be couch potatoes instead of working in the field digging up potatoes.

Notice how Jesus did this, though. Jesus was actually out there among the world and took the good news with him. Just like we are out in the world each day wherever we go. In other words, the harvest in your city isn’t a special trip. It’s not instead of rest (Jesus rested, and often alone).

This harvest work is where you are. To be a harvest worker you must simply proclaim the good news and God’s healing where you are…

Rethink harvest work.

Amen.

Marc Kinna

 

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