Bringing in the Harvest

Bringing in the Harvest

October 2017

Here in the USA, it is the autumn time of year. The cool, crisp weather has brought the beautiful fall colors. We now hear the welcoming crunch beneath our feet while walking on the freshly fallen red, orange, and yellow leaves. Soon the task of every homeowner with trees will be the job of raking those leaves. I heard the other day of an impatient man who broke his arm while raking leaves, because he fell out of the tree.

This is also the time of year that there is usually a bountiful harvest of fresh fruits and veggies such as apples, cranberries, persimmons, pumpkins, and sweet potatoes, which will ultimately be in fresh salads, casseroles, and pies. I can taste them now.

Our Lord Jesus has much to say about sowing seed and harvesting a crop. In Mark 4:3-8 Jesus tells a parable about sowing seed that falls on four different soils. This speaks about the condition of our hearts to receive the Word of God and thus produce a bountiful harvest or not.  The only soil that produces a harvest is the good soil. This soil is broken up with removed rocks that would hinder deep roots and removed thorns that would choke the Word of God out. Oh, may our hearts be open to hear the Word of God whenever we open our Bibles and then walk in love for God and obedience to the Word we receive. This will yield an increasingly bountiful harvest.

So, what does having a bountiful crop really look like to a believer in Christ? What does it mean to be fruitful if Jesus says in verse 8 that this is the result of the seed falling on good soil?  Well, just like the process of planting seed that grows into a plant that yields produce and that produce has more seed for planting to yield further produce, this process will happen when we allow the Word of God (the good seed) to take root and grow deeply in our hearts first. Then, we take part in sharing the Word of God with others who will receive Jesus into their hearts and in turn share the Word of God with others and so forth.  This will yield a bountiful harvest of souls for the glory of God.

But as we mentioned earlier, there is a definite process to follow in order to have a harvest. First is sowing the seed in good, prepared soil.  Second is waiting patiently for the seed to grow into a plant and then produce the intended fruit. And third is harvesting, or gathering, the produce. Well, another closely related scripture about a harvest is John 4:35. Here the Lord Jesus is telling His disciples that the fields (of lost souls) are ripe unto harvest. This is indicating that the earlier steps of sowing and waiting are already done. Now is the time for bringing in the harvest. It could be that someone else has sown the seed and the waiting time for growth and productivity have occurred.  Sometimes someone has already heard the gospel message and the seed has already been sown. Also, that seed has taken root but has not become fruitful yet. At that point, the Lord is saying that we need to bring closure by personally and directly asking this someone to pray for the Lord’s forgiveness turning to Him in repentance and faith. This is what is called “bringing in the harvest”.

At RBC, our Mission Statement reads: Rancho Baptist Church exists to glorify God by making disciples who love God, love others, and live to reach their world for Christ. This third part, live to reach their world for Christ, involves “bringing in the harvest”.  Oh may we do our part this fall season by living to reach our world for Christ which will result in bringing in a large and bountiful harvest of souls for God’s glory and honor.

Together in His Service,

Ralph Loper, RBC Elder

God’s Word on Worship

Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer.
(Psalm 19:14)