In the west they saw the predicted storms developing. What began as a small bank of clouds grew taller and darker over the course of a couple of hours. It was obvious that the meteorologist had been accurate on this particular occasion. A final field of wheat was still standing and needed to be cut and hauled to the elevator. Speed limits were compromised and risks were taken to finish the harvest before the arrival of the storm. By the time the heavy rains, laced with hail, made it to them, they were safely home.
As the rain pounded against the windows, both Christian men discussed the significance of what they had just done.
“You know, we spared no effort in order to get the harvest in before the storm. There is another storm coming – the judgment of God. We need to supply just as much effort to get the harvest of souls into God’s kingdom before it is too late.”
Jesus illustrated many of His teachings with agriculture. Seeds and weeds and soils made good analogies for spreading the gospel and not growing weary. Remember the time in John 4 when He told the apostles to quit kicking the can down the road because, even at that moment, the fields were white unto harvest? He was watching the Samaritans come out to see Him. They were the ready harvest.
The coming storm of God’s judgment should compel us to reach as many people as possible with the gospel. We cannot save anyone, but we can sure pray for them and share the gospel with them and show the love of Jesus to them. This is why we form more life groups out of those that exist. This is why we leave our comfort zones and lead out in new groups. This is why we form prayer lists of lost people and learn to share the gospel. This is why we build relationships and discipline ourselves to serve Jesus.
We aren’t trying to win a prize for being a really nice church. We are pushing back against the darkness of evil with the light of the gospel so that individuals will end up in heaven instead of hell. That is the reason we must not piddle around selfishly. For the glory of God and the welfare of souls, we must remain zealous for Jesus until the storm of God’s judgment arrives.
Galatians 6:9, Earl
- This Sundays Sermon “Come To Me” Matthew 11:28-30
- LifeGroup Attendance on October 13 – 707
- GriefShare – this Sunday, October 20 at 4:30 p.m. in the Parlor
- Presentation of the 2020 Budget and The State of the Church Address this Sunday, October 20 at 6:00 p.m.
- Wednesday Evening Meal at 5:00 p.m. Honey Chicken Bites
- Membership Matters Class – Sunday, October 27 at 10:30 a.m. in the Parlor
- FALL CARNIVAL – Sunday, October 27 in the FLC from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.