Sunday, September 18, 2016

A Harvest Moon

Photo thanks to  Athena D. Campbell.

Therefore said he unto them, The harvest truly is great, but the labourers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth labourers into his harvest. Luke 10:2

Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest. John 4:35
This weekend we are privileged to view the Harvest Moon. There are names for each full moon that corresponds to the season, the wolf moon, the snow moon, the strawberry moon, etc. The harvest moon seems to have gained its name because in the days before electricity, people needed the harvest moon to get in their final crops. They worked by the light of the moon until the work was done. 
The moon's light is a reflection of the sun. If we take that to the spiritual level, the church should be a reflection of the Son. The moon waxes and wanes and so does the effectiveness of the church. When the church is at its best, the harvest is greatest. 
Harvesters can't watch the sky for signs of rain or stay inside because of heat or wind. The angels asked the disciples why they stood gazing up. (Acts 1:11) Jesus would return as they saw Him go. In the meantime, the disciples had a job to do. They were to be harvesters in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria and all the world. 
So what do harvesters do? They give hope and vision for the future. Hope from the harvest that people will not starve. Vision for the future that there will be seed for spring planting. 
We have a job to do. Proverbs 29:18 states: "Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he." 
May we catch the vision for the church and be harvesters who reap the fields instead of watching the skies. 
But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only. Matthew 24:36
Hey Kids: 
What is your vision for the future?

Not every Christian is called to a foreign mission field. 
We need teachers, doctors, politicians, lawyers, auto mechanics, plumbers, computer techs and more who know how to use their jobs as effective mission fields. 

Study about Daniel this week. He was just a teen when he was taken to Babylon, but he learned all he could without compromising his faith. Though he faced trials, he became one of the most influential men in the kingdom until his death as a very old man. 

How can you prepare now for the vision God is giving you?
How can you influence the world from your mission field? 

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