The Time Is Now
Do you know that the coffee industry is over $100 billion industry, coming in second only to oil? That’s a lot of caffeine! I have a confession though, I haven’t contributed any money to that industry. That’s right...I don’t like coffee. Did I hear a gasp? Yep, sorry to disappoint. Even though I don’t like coffee, I did do some research into it because the coffee doesn’t just magically show up in your cup. Here are the steps: planting, harvesting the cherries, removing the beans from the cherries, drying the beans, milling the beans, exporting the beans, roasting the coffee, grinding the coffee, brewing the coffee, and drinking the coffee. Woah! That’s a lot. Here’s the thing. The coffee won’t harvest itself. When the harvest is ripe and left unharvested, it goes to waste.
John 4:34-35 says; “My food,“ said Jesus, “is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work. 35 Don’t you have a saying, ‘It’s still four months until harvest’? I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest.” Around here we have a pretty good grasp of harvest. I remember growing up and my family working by the lights of the combine because the grains, beans, or corn wouldn’t harvest themselves. Jesus uses a familiar saying for the time to convey a spiritual message. Jesus tells his disciples to open their eyes and look at the fields for they are ripe for harvest. The spiritual harvest is ready. People are ready to receive Him as their savior. The time is now!
Something to remember about the harvest. It’s not always comfortable. Many times it can be very difficult. My family realized that if they didn’t put in the long days, the harvest wouldn’t get in and instead be lost. Growing up in sugar beet country, my parents helped in the harvest. I remember them driving the night shift when the beet harvest opened. There was a short window for the harvest and they had to work around the clock until it was all brought in. We need to step out of our comfort zones and spread the seeds of the gospel. The harvest can’t go to waste. It will require hard work and a willingness to be obedient to the promptings of the Holy Spirit. The hard work and uncomfortable feelings will all be worth it when we see our friends, family, co-workers, neighbors, and even strangers in Wal-Mart come to Jesus.
Let’s do what we can to populate heaven and plunder hell.
Pastor Justin Werven | Beulah Campus Pastor