That’s a questions that is sometimes asked in spiritual circles. The word “Harvest” holds great meaning in biblical literature. It’s often used as a metaphor for spiritual growth and health (Luke 8:4-8, 2 Corinthians 9:10 and James 3:18). Harvest is also an important time, historically speaking, here on earth. It’s the time of year when the work of our labors bears fruit and people become fed and nourished. Harvest symbolizes bounty and health, abundance. Israel celebrated it’s harvest with a feast appropriately called “The festival of Harvest” (Exodus 23:16).
Christ himself spoke of an abundant harvest just waiting to be gathered. As he traveled, he saw the crowds and he felt compassion for them. He saw that they were harassed, helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. He looked at his sheep – the people of Israel – and he turned to his disciples and remarked, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the Harvest to send out laborers into his fields” (Matthew 9:36-38). Jesus was referencing the need for many souls to be brought to repentance and faith as a spiritual harvest was growing within them.
Jesus used the same metaphor in the land of Samaria. In the Gospel of John chapter 4, verse 35 Jesus says to his disciples, “I tell you to open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for the harvest!”. In the days following that statement, many Samaritans became believers in Christ.
Here in Owensboro, the harvest is ripe. Looking around we are beset by those who need repentance, mercy, grace, and faith. We live in a country so thirsty for revival and restoration – desperate for someone to help them be gathered into the fold.
So, for this season of Harvest, what are you gathering? Can you lead an individual who in need to being harvested into the arms of Jesus Christ this season?