"Do you not say, 'There are still four months and then comes the harvest'? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are already white for harvest!" John 4:35
Ruby and I just returned from a much needed visit/mini vacation in Southern California. When flying, I always try to snatch a window seat so that I can study the ground below. Of course the clouds don't always allow this, but last Thursday was a clear afternoon as we flew in on our connecting flight from Houston and I had a perfect view. One of the things that I could not help but notice were all the colorful cotton modules scattered across the landscape. In South Texas the majority of the fields are no longer white for harvest. The harvesters have picked and rolled the cotton into big round modules, wrapping them in a polyethylene film - some yellow and some pink. These modules, resembling giant easter eggs, are then grouped into fours and are left laying in the bare fields. Next they will be transported to the cotton gin where the seeds, burrs, and other foreign matter will be removed. The 'cleaned' cotton will be compressed, baled and then sent out to be used in creating products that we use every day. The cotton industry reminds me of what the function of the church should be like. We have fields full of people everywhere around us. Everyone of them is valuable to God so He sends the harvesters out to collect and bring in these precious souls to the church. Once in the church they are to be first loved, and then taught and discipled. The church should be a safe place where the lost, the broken, and the weary find rest and restoration. It should be a place where they learn to shed all the foreign matter that has held them back from becoming all they were made to be. Yes, God has a purpose for all of His creation and He has sent us, His chosen ones, out into the fields to spread the 'good news' of His plan. Jesus told His followers that the fields were "white for harvest" and He's telling us the same today. Are you ready for the harvest church?
"Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up." Gal. 6:9
Pastor Frank Dodson