It’s Harvest Time!
“He who gathers crops in summer is a prudent son, but he who sleeps during harvest is a disgraceful son.” (Proverbs 10:5 NIV)
The verse for today is a proverb that makes the comparison between a wise son and a disgraceful son. And what is it that distinguishes them? The fact that one gathers crops during harvest and the other one doesn’t. Why is the son who sleeps through the harvest a disgrace to his family? Simply put, it’s because it’s only harvest time once in the year; and once you miss it, the crops are lost.
Guess what? It’s harvest time in the day in which we live! There are wars and rumors of wars, earthquakes and other signs in nature, famines and plagues all over the world, as the Scriptures talk about regarding the end times. Closer to home, all we have to do is open a local newspaper, and we can witness for ourselves what the Apostle Paul was saying to Timothy with regard to the last days: “But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God” (2 Timothy 3:1-4). All of this makes people’s hearts tremble. They are ready for some good news—the good news that they can be born again and put their trust in Jesus for the times in which we live!
So what are we doing as the body of Christ? Our main calling is to preach the gospel to all people everywhere. Let’s not fall asleep on the job, as the disgraceful son did in the proverb, but rather, let’s be as the wise son who gathers the crops before it’s too late. It’s harvest time now, and it doesn’t last forever. There are people dying and going to hell every single day!
Are we up for the challenge? If so, let’s pray the Lord of the harvest to send workers into the vineyard, and let’s say with Isaiah, “Here I am. Send me!” (Isaiah 6:8) Almighty God himself will equip us and send us out, providing us with the opportunities we need to reach a lost world for Christ.
Read 2 Timothy chapter 3.