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 i. 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