Harvest Time

“The late Bill Bright, a missionary statesman of the first order and founder of Campus Crusade for Christ, was once asked what drove him to keep going for Christ. He replied, ‘The filling of the Holy Spirit and the knowledge that the harvest is not forever. It will soon be past.’ “On the clock of a beautiful church spire in Dallas two words are inscribed: Night Cometh. In missions, there is always an underlying urgency. Masses are constantly slipping into a Christless eternity. Jesus said, ‘I must work the works of Him who sent Me while it is day; the night is coming when no one can work’ (John 9:4). We cannot assume that today’s outpouring of the Spirit is indefinite. We cannot presume that the fields will always be white.

“On the farm, when it is time for harvest, everything else becomes secondary. It is not time to clean the plows or strategize for the next year’s harvest. The current harvest must capture everyone’s time and energy. Before daylight and well into the night, the one agenda is safely bringing in the harvest. Our response to the harvest is a strong indicator of our usefulness for God. ‘He who gathers in harvest is a wise son; but he who sleeps in harvest is a son who causes shame’ (Proverbs 10:5). Let’s be wise sons.

“When the late George Beverly Shea was growing up on the plains of Canada, his father took him to see the flowing wheat just before harvest. ‘Look, son,’ Shea’s father observerd, ‘the harvest is so big you can’t see the fences.’ Indeed, the harvest of souls worldwide is so big it dwarfs the fences of our disunity.

“Today’s harvest is massive. But it will not reap itself. Laborers are needed. I repeat Jesus’ challenge to us: ‘The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest’ (Matthew 9:37-38).”

– From A Force in the Earth by David Shibley