Jill Jarrell Newsome
Sharing The Harvest
When I got married I lived about 45 minutes from my Granny's house. I spent at least two evenings a week with her. Granny did not have air conditioning so I recall we often sat outside under her carport in lawn chairs. We sat our there for hours and always had friends and family come by and sit and visit. Quite often someone would bring a truck load of silver queen corn and some tomatoes and green beans. When that happened we all, visitors included, sat around and shucked corn or snapped beans, while sharing stories and laughing. As soon as the first ears of corn were shucked Granny would go inside and "start supper". Because we had lots of shucking and snapping to do we would have tomato sandwiches and fresh corn on the cob. Not only would they share their harvest, they often ate with us.
Mark 4: 28-29, "All by itself the soil produces grain—first the stalk, then the head, then the full kernel in the head. As soon as the grain is ripe, he puts the sickle to it, because the harvest has come." When the seed (Word of God) has been planted in the soil (human heart) you may not "see" anything at first. But, the seed is growing step by step. Growth is a process and it happens in God's timing. God will bring for the seed into a harvest!
John 4: 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." In other words, there are people around us who need to hear the good news. They need to be loved and invited. God has created a "God-sized" hole in our hearts that nothing else can fill.
God tells us again in Matthew 9: 37- 38, "Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field." There is a need for workers who are willing to sow and harvest in the spiritual fields. If you are willing to pray for God to bring you a harvest, He will! He will open your eyes and you will be convicted of the needs around you.
Your ripe fields may be as close as a family member, a co-worker, a neighbor, a friend, etc. Work hard to serve others. You will find joy in sharing and you will love seeing the harvest of transformed lives!