“Then He said to His disciples, “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 NKJV)
Last night we were blessed to be a part of Harvest America. Along with over 2000 churches across America and millions of people connected by TV, radio and the internet we listened to Pastor Greg Laurie as he presented the Gospel. The result was that over two nights at Angel Stadium in Anaheim CA, thousands of people gave the lives to Christ.
What became so apparent to those watching is that the fields are white for the harvest, they always have been. Every year the farmer tills the soil, plants the seed and waits for the fruit of his labor. When the planted fields grow to maturity then it is time for the harvest. We are those farmers, we allow the Holy Spirit to till the soil, break-up the fallow ground of men's hearts through the sharing of the Word of God. Then the seed of the Word is planted and in due time that seed brings forth the fruit of the Gospel message, and then the harvest.
The question every christian has to answer is not only are we willing to be a part of the Harvest, but are we willing to till the soil of men's hearts and then to plant the seed of the Word through sharing the Gospel.
Yes, we were all blessed when we saw people going forward last night to receive Christ, but we don't ever want to forget that there were thousands that were planting the seed of the Gospel message long before that Harvest took place last night. Are you ready, are you willing, are you available to be one of those "laborers" that Jesus talked about?
There is a popular worship song that I often hear on the Christian radio stations and in the church, "You Never Let Go." It has become one of my favorite contemporary christian worship songs. I think the reason I like it so much is the fact that when I think about the redemptive work of Christ in my own life, He was faithful to never let go of me at that point in my life when I so desperately needed Him be hold on. The words of the opening verse of the song speaks volumes to me. "Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, Your perfect love is casting out fear." For most Christians these words are familiar because they were the words that David penned in Psalm 23:4 "Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me."It is so compelling to know that Christ is capable of holding us firmly in His hands. But we must also realize that their is a human responsibility that goes along with this, just as the writer of Hebrews reminds us, Heb 13:5 Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” There are two important things for me to remember in this passage. First, I need to be aware of the importance of my conduct, how I live out my Christian testimony. Second, it is necessary for me to learn to be content with what the Lord has provided for me. It is from this perspective that I realize that He is with me and that He is not forsaking me. One of the most difficult lessons to learn in life is to be satisfied, and that is exactly what Christ offers is Godly contentment and satisfaction.
“Thus says the Lord, your Redeemer, The Holy One of Israel: “I am the Lord your God, Who teaches you to profit, Who leads you by the way you should go.” (Isaiah 48:17 NKJV)
There have been times in my life when I wondered if the Lord was hearing my prayers and if He was really leading me. That's not to say that I in any way was doubting whether I was saved, but simply asking if the Lord was really leading me in the direction I needed to go. I remember being led to this passage and finally understanding that the leading of the Lord was not a feeling, but rather a daily act of personal faith on my part. Faith to trust, believe and act upon the Word of God to instruct me and direct me in the leading of the Lord.
Isaiah reminded me of six important things about the very nature and character of the God that we know and serve.
 He is the Lord, and therefore He desires to be the Lord of my life, all areas of my life.
 He is my redeemer, the one who so faithfully was willing to pay the price for my sin (all my sin) and redeem me back into the grace and forgiveness of a Holy God.
 He is the Holy One, meaning that there is no imperfection in the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. All that God does for us is within His divine and perfect will. Just as we are set apart through the work of the Cross, so the Godhead is set apart form the very sin that separated us from Him.
 He is the "I Am," what a wonderful revelation for any believer when we realize that nothing can trump the authority of God in our life. Nothing existed before Him and nothing will overshadow Him.
 He teaches us, but as Isaiah says "He teaches us to profit." I don't think that is in a materialistic way, but rather spiritually. The very nature of the word "profit" as used here means to gain. What ever I have lost in the flesh, I will gain in the Spirit.
 Lastly, and yes I think most importantly, He leads us! Not in some unorganized or random way, but according to His divine will and in agreement with His Word. God knows what He wants us to be and where He wants us to go in this life. It simply becomes a matter of obedience on our part to yield and then to follow.
"Thus says the Lord" is used some 418 times in the Old and New Testament, so obviously God has something to say to us if we will but listen and respond to His voice.
For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.
What an awesome reminder of the redemptive work of Christ. To know that you and I are a work in progress is that daily reminder of our utter dependence on the caring grace of God. This isn't something new it has always been in the heart of God that we be prepared for every good work that would bring honor and glory to God. The whole idea that we are created anew (born again), for good works is the one thing that keeps us dependent on the leading of the Holy Spirit. Our daily walk is comprised of so many different elements, interaction with other people, work, family, church, school and the list goes on! But each day would be incomplete without the daily guidance that is afforded us through the guiding, caring and gentle directing of Christ loving and gentle hand. May we never forget that we are a work in progress!
But you have not so learned Christ, 21 if indeed you have heard Him and have been taught by Him, as the truth is in Jesus: 22 that you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, 23 and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, 24 and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness.