A Look At The Harvest....
John 4:34 “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.
Jesus desired to "finish" the work of restoring the relationship between God and man, which had been broken by sin.
Open your eyes and look...
Sometimes the busyness of life propels us forward at such a rate of speed that we rush along wrapped up in our own world. Pausing to look at the plight of people who have not yet had an adequate explanation of the Gospel requires us to lift our eyes - and look.
This challenge from Jesus, came on the heels of His encounter with the woman at the well who was the object of gossip, rejection and ridicule. She was disdained by women and used by men. Seldom did anyone in her community LOOK at her with anything other than disgust. But Jesus saw her with eyes of compassion. Jesus paused to look beyond the woman's lifestyle. He saw potential in her. Jesus offered hope, forgiveness and a new way of living - she accepted and became a carrier of His good news! Jesus' love and mercy sparked hope in the woman's heart - that's when everything changed. She was ripe for harvest.
Billions of people are still waiting to hear of Jesus great love and sacrifice. They are ripe for harvest. They need of someone walk alongside them as they learn to how follow Christ. This is the work Jesus came to finish. Seeking and saving the lost.
We are all presented with opportunities to participate by going, giving and praying. If Jesus is inviting you to work among the people of Southern Africa - please do not hesitate. There is a place for you to serve. Someone is for you to answer the call. Your partnership in giving makes it possible for the work of missions to move forward. As you give, God opens new avenues for the lost to KNOW and be KNOWN by God. Each of us have been called to pray.
Please join us in asking the Lord to call laborers...the urgency of the harvest can not be overstated.