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The Harvest Is Coming

The harvest is getting close.

I do not know this because I am an agriculture expert or a 4H grad who can look at the corn and soybeans and know NOW is the time for the harvest.

So, how do I know the harvest is near?

The farmers are busy prepping and readying their equipment for the harvest.  All day long I can hear combines and collection bins being moved from the barn to the field.

The harvest is at hand.

Farmers know that an equipment failure which results from not being prepared can lead to the loss of a whole crop or significantly reduce the value of the harvest.

The same is true in the spiritual realm of your life.  Even Jesus said, “It is not for you to know times or seasons … be ready!”

In Matthew 25, the five who were unprepared regretted their decision.  The five who were prepared rejoiced.  There will come the time when it is too late to be right with God.

Are you prepared for God’s harvest?

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Have thy tools ready; God will find thee work.  

Charles Kingsley (1)

It was the Tuesday after Labor Day, when I received a call from my bank asking me if I had made 23 purchases with my debit card at the local hardware store over the Labor Day Weekend.  I had.

That weekend I was tackling a home improvement project.  It seemed that every 20 minutes I had to run to the Hardware Store to purchase a tool, buy a bolt, or retrieve more materials.  While my heart and mind was ready to work, I was ill prepared to complete the project.

Those 23 trips to the Hardware Store consumed 8 hours of my time and 15 gallons of gas.  Some of the trips were to exchange items which I did not need for items I would have known I needed if I had planned ahead. 

By Monday afternoon the sales clerks and cashiers avoided me when I reentered the Hardware Store asking for help. While I eventually finished the project, it consumed a whole 4 day weekend.  

My wife offered the best summary of the experience:

“It would have been easier to ask someone else to do it!”

I wonder how often God thinks the same when He has work for us to do for Him.

God has work for us to do, but the work goes undone because we are not prepared.  We have failed to prepare our heart, mind, and hands through prayer and study.

I wonder what the world would be like if every Christian had their tools readied for God’s work.  

I bet the world would be a different place.

“Always be prepared to explain to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you.” (2)

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  1. Samuel G. Hardman and Dwight Lyman Moody, Thoughts for the Quiet Hour (Willow Grove, PA: Woodlawn Electronic Publishing, 1998).
  2. 1 Peter 3:15.

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