Before I lived in an agricultural community, I thought harvest meant autumn. Sure, summer is the time for tomatoes and other fruit, but autumn is harvest time. After all, that’s when we have Thanksgiving and see cornucopias filled with plastic veggies in store windows, right?
But now that I’m living amid fields of every possible variety of food, I’ve discovered that harvest is happening now. And it’s happening fast!
On Wednesday, I drove past the field of yellow wheat drying on the stalks. Thursday at mid-day the combine machines started grinding their way through the field. By Thursday evening, the harvest had been packed into giant trucks and hauled away. Before long those fields may be burned and made ready for the next crop.
If I had locked myself in my house on Thursday I would have missed the whole thing.
Which reminds me of Jesus.
Scripture tells us that there is a harvest of souls coming—when Jesus returns to earth to bring His children home with Him.
Do you not say, ‘There are yet four months, and then comes the harvest’? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look on the fields, that they are white for harvest. Already he who reaps is receiving wages and is gathering fruit for life eternal; so that he who sows and he who reaps may rejoice together (John 4:35-36).
Scripture also tells us that we will not know when that day will come.
But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father (Matthew 24:36).
Scripture further tells us that our job is to be ready when He comes.
Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come. But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into. So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him (Matthew 24:42-44).
Then Jesus tells us one more thing to prepare for the harvest. It is our job is to tell others about Jesus, to make disciples of them, to go out into the world and tell everyone Jesus’ good news.
Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age (Matthew 28:19-20).
In other words:
- I shouldn’t lock myself in my house.
- I should actively go out into the world and tell the news so that Jesus’ harvest can be even greater.
- There is urgency. The good will be gathered and the rest will be burned.
Allow both to grow together until the harvest; and in the time of the harvest I will say to the reapers, “First gather up the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them up; but gather the wheat into my barn” (Matthew 13:30)
…telling His disciples: “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few” (Matthew 9:13).
Nope, I don’t want to be sitting in my house when Jesus comes, asking why I wasn’t out in the fields, being one of those workers. And I certainly don’t want to hear him say to me:
“See ya; wouldn’t want to be ya!”
Ouch. Thanks for the reminder, Jesus.