Word for the Day
“Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already unto harvest.”(John 4: 35). While I am not a wheat farmer, I am told that, when wheat is at its prime and ready to harvest, it is golden brown. If it is not harvested at that point, it begins to turn white. Though still worth harvesting at this stage, if not gathered at this time it starts to droop over touching the ground and begins to rot. Jesus said that the field is already white, therefore just one step away from being too late.
“When He(Jesus) saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd. Then saith He unto His disciples, ‘The harvest truly is plenteous, but the laborers are few; Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that He will send forth laborers into HIS harvest.’ ”
We are all aware of the condition of our world today. We look at the situation and tell ourselves, “Surely it can’t get any worse” and then it does. Are you aware that, in the good ol’ USA, some 20 percent of the population goes on some sort of mental or emotional medication in order to cope with life every year?
It is this type of situation that Jesus saw and “was moved with compassion”. He saw that life, itself, was dragging people down that alley of despair, and then to find that the alley was blind and a dead end.
So, in light of all this, I must ask myself some questions. First of all, do we really believe that the world, including the medical profession, has the answers? Is it possible that what they are offering is part of the problem, only making bad matters worse?
Second, if the world and the medical profession are the answer, then why are all these folks not rising above their situation and improving their lot in life? Why are the numbers of the desperate increasing and not decreasing? Why is the Church so ready to refer these precious souls to so-called “professionals”, not realizing that our message is the only answer? Is it possible that the answers that Jesus offers cannot deliver these desperate ones? Has the gospel become so powerless that it really is out-dated and irrelevant?
Third, just where do we, as believers really stand concerning the gospel and its place in the world? Are we using the gospel more as a source of entertainment for our “services” and not the “power of God unto salvation”?
Fourth, is salvation really the answer to these tragic issues? If it is, then why, O, why, are not doing EVERYTHING we can to get that gospel out to a lost and dying world? Are we praying that “the Lord of the harvest” will send out laborers, even if it is ourselves or our own kids?
DO WE REALLY CARE????