“Don’t you have a saying, ‘It’s still four months until harvest’? I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest.”
– John 4:35 (NIV)
Monday, August 07, 2023
Welcome to The Capstone Missions Week 2023.
From today till Sunday, we will be sharing with you resources and messages that are mission and evangelism-focused. As a people saved by grace, our first and most important call is to bring others into the saving knowledge of Christ.
The startling success stories of movies like Harry Potter, the Game of Thrones series, and the evergreen Star Wars are no longer news. The love for superhero characters like Black Panther, Wonder Woman, Superman, Spiderman, the Incredibles, Batman, and others is still trending.
These fictional characters are a reflection of thoughts and imaginations in the inner recesses of the mind of us all as humans.
Critics and fans alike refer to these interesting but sometimes controversial literary works as intellectually savvy, gripping, vivid, and imaginative.
If people are generally hero-hunting and battle-weary, then it’s a pointer that they are seeking something beyond what they have, something extraordinary.
The world is hungry for power and for good to win. It is time as Christ’s followers to let the world know that the Bible, God’s word reveals the way to win, the truth that is timeless, and the life that is eternally powerful.
Jesus said, You know the saying, ‘Four months between planting and harvest.’ But I say, wake up and look around. The fields are already ripe for harvest. The harvesters are paid good wages, and the fruit they harvest is people brought to eternal life. What joy awaits both the planter and the harvester alike! (John 4:35 – New Living Translation)
In light of the above statement by Jesus, we need to rethink our expectations and approach to the gospel message.
Before we conclude that all the not-so-welcoming reactions to the gospel are a sign of the end times, we must first be sure that we have indeed done our best at presenting the message.
Before you tag the apathy towards the gospel message as the spirit of rebellion, pause, and be sure you have prayed and communicated the message in the spirit of Christ’s love and not half-heartedly.
While we have no control over people’s reactions, we have the responsibility to present Christ in an unmistakably excellent, loving, and flawless way.
Don’t hide your light! Let it shine for all; let your good deeds glow for all to see, so that they will praise your heavenly Father. (Matthew 5:16 -TLB), The message translation reads thus; Here’s another way to put it: You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. (paraphrased – The Message)
No more excuses. Focus on your responsibility, not the reaction.
It’s time to arise, get creative and innovative with the message, and bring out the God colors in this world. Use your talent and resources cheerfully to spread the gospel message. Do it all in the love of God.
… you should keep a clear mind in every situation. Don’t be afraid of suffering for the Lord. Work at telling others the Good News, and fully carry out the ministry God has given you. (2 Timothy 4:5)
Jesus said the harvest is ripe and the harvesters will be handsomely rewarded. Choose to be a harvester today and all life long!
LET US PRAY:
Dear Heavenly Father, the Lord of the Harvest! Open the eyes of my heart to see as you see. Show me my place to harvest for you and Help me to stay focussed on my assignment.
Fill me Lord with the love and passion to save souls for the kingdom.
I will not be weary, I will not be tired, and I will do the work of an evangelist all the days of my life.
In Jesus’ Name. Amen.