Fall is here!
Or Autumn. Depending on how you were raised. Children are in school, and the leaves are changing and falling. Apples, apple cider, pumpkins, and pumpkin spice everything are prevalent everywhere we go. This is the time of year which is also sometimes called “harvest,” because we reap the crops we grew over the spring and summer. For some reason people always have an abundance of squash and zucchini. Right?
We believe God has a great harvest that all will be facing soon. “And another angel came out of the temple, calling with a loud voice to him who sat on the cloud, "Put in your sickle, and reap, for the hour to reap has come, for the harvest of the earth is fully ripe." (Rev 14:15, ESV) The symbolism of a harvest is used to talk about that day when Jesus comes to take His people of faith with Him to Heaven. What a day that will be! Better than the greatest of fall feasts, and sweeter than spiced cider! I want to be there, do you?
God wants each of us to be a part of His harvest, but He also wants us to “labor” for His “plentiful” harvest. (Matt. 9:37-38) I believe wholeheartedly that God is challenging us to connect with others and lead them to Jesus. This is the vision and mission He has given us (see below). Therefore as I challenge myself, I challenge you church family: to reach out and befriend one person this month, and bring them to church or a church event. Let’s be mindful of the harvest, and the awesome privilege of partnering with Jesus in the saving of souls.