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The Harvest Is Plentiful.


Today, I want to share a message of hope and a call to action inspired by the Holy Scriptures – a message about the abundant harvest that awaits us. The Lord has provided an abundance, and our hands must be ready to gather it.


In the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus speaks to us with words that resonate through time:

"Then he said to his disciples, 'The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.'" - Matthew 9:37-38 (NIV)


These profound words of Christ are not just about agriculture; they serve as a metaphor for the spiritual awakening and readiness we should have towards spreading God's Word and love.


The Fields Are Ripe

Look around you, beloved friends. There are fields worldwide ripe with people hungry for truth, love, and peace from knowing God. These fields are in our homes, communities, places of work, and even our hearts. And just like a physical field ripe with grain, these spiritual fields require labor—dedication, work, and care—to gather the harvest.


Called to Be Workers

Christ calls each of us to be workers in these fields, step out in faith, don the spiritual equivalent of a farmer's gloves, and reap the harvest that God has prepared. We are urged to share the love of Christ, to speak of the forgiveness and salvation offered through Him, to tend to the needs of others, and to walk in kindness and grace.


Cultivating Our Fields

To reap this harvest, we must first prepare the soil of our hearts. Like a diligent farmer, we must remove the rocks of hard-heartedness and the thorns of distraction. We do this by:

  1. Spending time in His Word – Just as seeds need water to sprout, our souls need the water of God's Word to grow.

  2. Communicating with God – Prayer is our line of communication with the Lord, where we learn His will and gain strength.

  3. Living in Community – Together with fellow believers, we share the burden and joy of the harvest.


The Joy of Harvest

There is rejoicing in every sheaf of wheat collected, and every soul brought closer to God. Luke 15:7 tells us, "I tell you that in the same way, there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent."


Isn't imagining such joy in heaven over one heart turned to God beautiful? And you can be a part of that joy. Your hands can collect that bundle, and your words can be the ones that guide a lost soul home.


The Promise of the Lord

My friends, the Lord has guided us through countless seasons. Just as He promised in Jeremiah 29:11, "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."


He promises us an abundant harvest, not only in the fruits of the earth but in the souls of His people. And He has equipped us with everything we need to participate in this bountiful harvest. Are we ready to listen to His call?


Conclusion

As we close today's sermon, I encourage you—look upon the fields, behold how white they are for harvest (John 4:35). Take up your sickle, dear brothers and sisters, not with fear but with the courage given by the Holy Spirit, and join in the gathering. The harvest is plentiful, and we are all called to be the workers.

May the Lord bless you and keep you as you walk out into His fields. May He shine His face upon you, make His grace overflow within you, and stir your heart to action.


Go in peace, dear ones, to love and serve the Lord.


Amen.

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