“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.” (John 4:35 NIV)
As we continue to reflect in this series on the harvest, I want to share a prophetic encouragement with you. A number of Sundays ago I was preaching on this passage and the theme of The Harvest. When I got to my point from this verse about the harvest is now—the fields are ready for harvest—I stopped and felt a strong urge to say this: "A proof that the harvest is now is that the people in your life who have been resistant and cold to you and to your message are now going to turn, and they are going to become open and warm to you and your message. This is the Lord's doing for He is the Lord of the Harvest." Within a week of saying this two previously hostile relatives of one of our church members rededicated their lives to Jesus!
Since then we have seen other family members, who were far off, begin to warm up to us and to the gospel message. So let me encourage you to pray intentionally and intensely, if you haven't already been doing so, for your prodigal family and friends. Then when the opportunity arises, share the good news with them. Don't fall for that old trick which says, "It's not the right time; it's not the right season." The Lord of the Harvest is on the move and the time is now. This has been true for 2000 years, it's definitely true for this moment in time. Let's get in step with the Spirit!
What prevents you from sharing the good news that you have? Ask the Spirit to help you identify and overcome them. He will work with you because He is very committed to including you in the joyful celebration that comes with the harvest. "What joy awaits both the planter and the harvester alike!" (v.36 NLT)
This archived article was written by Ramesh Naraine for release in Jan, 2014. Circumstances and situations may have changed regarding the author, locations and ministries. This content may therefore be outdated or misinformed.
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