Luke 10:2-3 Harvest Season
By Josh Higdon
S: “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. Go your way; behold, I am sending you out as lambs in the midst of wolves.”
O: Driving around this time of year you will witness fields abuzz with laborers. Cornfields and apple orchards are a frenzy of activity during the harvest. Without these laborers the months of planting and growth, miraculously produced through seeds, sun, rain and time, would all be for naught. The fruit would go to waste. There would be no point in planting if the hard work of the harvest were not performed.
And like the cornfield and apple orchard, there is an ongoing season of harvest this is far more valuable than any seasonal crop, and that is the harvest of eternal souls. So many are waiting, ready. Fallow fields are ready to be plowed, for seeds to be sown, waiting to be irrigated by the water of life. The harvest doesn’t just “happen”. It’s not osmosis-like in nature. It is work…hard work. It is dangerous work. On this side of heaven, wolves do things to lambs, like eat them. Even so, it is worth the risk. To become a laborer, working in the great harvest of souls, is our greatest calling. Wolves will come and when they do, we look to our Great Shepherd, who will protect us, His sheep. The work will be backbreaking at times, and when it is, we will go to the One who has promised us rest, who has promised an easy yoke and a light burden. It will all be worth it, the snarling wolves, the sore backs will fade into oblivion when, one day, we cross the finish line and run to our Shepherd, The Lamb of God, Jesus.
A: GET TO WORK!
P: Father, show me the fields. Father, give me the strength. Father, protect me from the wolves. May you set my hands to the harvesting equipment so that more and more might be saved as you work through me. Lift my eyes that I might see the ripe fields around me that are ready to be harvested. In Jesus Name. Amen.