Farmers are interesting to talk to because their livelihood depends on the weather and the weather depends on God. They work hard with long hours and find the trait of patience to be invaluable. A farmer’s harvest depends on the rain. Too much or too little precipitation determines their crop and their crop determines their provision for the year.
There is a spiritual harvest coming that we should be involved in because we are spiritual farmers. It is the final harvest of souls that is promised before the Return of the Lord. It is the third of the three Feasts of the Lord and the only one that Jesus has not yet fulfilled: The Feast of Tabernacles. Like a natural harvest it is also dependent on rain, a spiritual rain. Ask ye of the Lord rain in the time of the latter rain; so the Lord shall make bright clouds, and give them showers of rain, to every one grass in the field. (Zechariah 10:1 KJV)
God’s desire is for all to be saved but not all will humble themselves to Him. Not all will repent and come to Him for forgiveness. As scripture tells us there will be a specific day, determined by Him, when the spiritual harvest is finally complete. That is a day that the Christian is patiently waiting and eagerly working toward: the final harvest of souls.
How are you working toward that day? Are you involved in a church that has outreaches to your community that you are involved with? Feeding the poor, visiting the lonely, or clothing the needy? Do you support ministries in other nations that reach the lost? How do you spend your free time? Is it focused on ‘you’ or on others? Consider your strengths, your gifts, and your talents and get out there are plow some fields!
When the farmer’s crop has finally ripened they don’t just sit back and do nothing; they either get out there themselves or they hire people to bring in the harvest. That’s you and that’s me. My question for you is simply this: Are you ready for that final harvest day?
As you are patiently waiting with other believers for His Return I encourage you to get involved in the harvest of souls. In other words, be evangelistic yourself and support ministries that share the gospel with your community and the nations. Be ready and teach your children to be ready for His Return.
Dear brothers and sisters, be patient as you wait for the Lord’s return. Consider the farmers who patiently wait for the rains in the fall and in the spring. They eagerly look for the valuable harvest to ripen. You, too, must be patient. Take courage, for the coming of the Lord is near. Don’t grumble about each other, brothers and sisters, or you will be judged. For look—the Judge is standing at the door! (James 5:7-9 NLT)