"He that gathers in summer is a wise son:
but he that sleeps in harvest is a son that causes shame."
Matthew 9:37-38,"Then He said to His disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the laborers are few; Pray the Lord of the harvest, that He will send forth laborers into His harvest."
When I read this verse in Proverbs, my heart was convicted. Am I sleeping during the harvest? Are the fields ripe and I am asleep - to the shame of my Heavenly Father? Does my indifference cause the Father to look compassionately to the waiting and hurting souls?
Then, I began thinking about the church, the Lord's people on earth. When people cry out “Oh, God, where are You now,” isn’t that a cry that should be answered by Christians? Aren’t we His representatives on earth? If people are feeling alone and forgotten in this world, is it because we are asleep?
In all three Gospel accounts where the Lord is wanting laborers, He indicates that that harvest is “plenteous,” “great” and the fields are “white already to harvest.” (Luke 10:2, John 4:35)
If we are discouraged in our witnessing because of no fruit, maybe we haven’t scattered enough seed. The laws of reaping and sowing promise us fruit, and the Lord’s description above promises a bountiful harvest. Maybe the seed is waiting for the watering from another believer. Maybe the seed has been stolen and needs to be replanted.
If we are busy praying for others to do the work, we need to point those spiritual fingers towards ourselves. If we are a Christian, a child of the Father, then we are a laborer.
Charles Spurgeon was bold enough to declare, “Every Christian is either a missionary or an imposter.”
Take fresh courage, Christian, Child of God and fellow laborour. Let's wake up, and look unto the fields, and HARVEST.