Wheat harvest wrapped up in late August, followed by a short break and now soybean harvest is underway. If you haven’t figured it out by now, harvest is my favorite time of year! This year my husband and I are FULLY involved in harvest (well, I am as much as I can be with a nursing baby!) as we switched from our 8am-5pm jobs to full-time farmers (YEAH!!!). There is a lot more risk involved now – more on that another time.
Harvest time is very important on the farm. In cross country terms (because I can’t resist talking running of course) it is like the state meet where you see the results of your hard work throughout the season. And rain, snow or shine, it is important to completely see it to the finish! Harvest means bringing in the grains that our family has worked hard to raise, nourish and protect throughout the year. Our entire family life depends upon having healthy plants and grains to sell each year. The value of the plants highlights the importance of being diligent in our harvest.
“Poor is he who works with a negligent hand, But the hand of the diligent makes rich. He who gathers in summer is a son who acts wisely, But he who sleeps in harvest is a son who acts shamefully.” Proverbs 10:4-5
The same is true and more important eternally when it comes to bringing souls to Christ. It is not easy and takes work. Thankfully, the Holy Spirit is working continually in speaking into people’s lives and exercising conviction. Our calling is to listen to the Holy Spirit as to when we are supposed to encourage and affirm God’s work in our lives and share the saving power of Christ Jesus.
“What then is Apollos? And what is Paul? Servants through whom you believed, even as the Lord gave opportunity to each one. I planted, Apollos watered, but God was causing the growth. So then neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but God who causes the growth. Now he who plants and he who waters are one; but each will receive his own reward according to his own labor. For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, God’s building. According to the grace of God which was given to me, like a wise master builder I laid a foundation, and another is building on it. But each man must be careful how he builds on it. For no man can lay a foundation other than the one which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.” 1 Corinthians 3:5-11
We are each individually made for a purpose, each meet people throughout different stages in their lives and so may not be the one ultimately bringing each one to Christ. But the important thing is that we serve with a willing heart; and the Lord will work in people’s hearts, bringing in more brothers and sisters in Christ. Every harvest season brings to mind how much more important it is to gather souls for Christ than just to bring in our earthly harvest.
So, for those of you involved in both our earthly harvest and gathering hearts for Christ, be blessed and encouraged! It may seem risky, but it wouldn’t be worth it if it wasn’t!