Harvest time is terribly inconvenient – getting stuck behind large tractors on the road, hoping they don’t knock down the new Tiger sign. But of course it would be more inconvenient if you didn’t have your favourite cereal or toast for breakfast. We should of course be thankful for the work of farmers and God’s gracious provision for our needs.
When the Bible talks about harvest, it’s often used as a metaphor for people becoming followers of Jesus.
“When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the labourers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out labourers into his harvest.” – Matthew 9:36-38
Two things strike me about Harvest time. Firstly it would be very odd to come to harvest time, expecting a crop, if earlier in the year you hadn’t sowed a seed – sowing being an image of sharing the good news with others. Secondly, it would be very odd to sow the seed, wait till the crop has grown, and then not harvest it, no one leaves the crop in the field. Harvest relies on sowing but also on reaping.
We do a lot of sowing at All Saints, I wonder if we need to up our game when it comes reaping – helping someone take that step of faith. How’s it going praying for 5 friends? Who might you invite to the Alpha course? Let’s pray for a Harvest!