Ripe For Harvest
“You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit–fruit that will last.”
I love to work in my garden, and several years ago I planted several blackberry plants, which have produced large harvests of huge blackberries each year. It is important to know when to harvest these blackberries, as if they are harvested too early, they are hard and not sweet, but if they are harvested too late they can become overripe and are not usable. I have made many mistakes during this time, as I have picked some before they were ready, and other times have waited too late to pick them. As I think about just how important timing can be, I think about the people that come into our lives. If you are like me, there are many of my friends that are aged, and in the twilight of their years, while others are in their youth, and just beginning their adventure through life. God has placed these people in my life, and the people in your life for a reason. The question I want you to consider is whether you are reaching out to them in time or have you waited too long. Timing is so important as none of us are promised tomorrow, and the people God has brought into your life today may be gone tomorrow. The Bible tells us that the “harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few”. We need to be concerned about missing an opportunity to reach someone for Jesus. Some of the people we know will die, some will move away and we will never see them again. There are so many that we interact with through our time here on earth that will only be there briefly during our life, so I want to ask you if you have the sense of urgency to reach out to them? Are you as concerned for lost souls, as you are about many of the trivial unimportant things that consume your time? Look at the people God has brought into your life, that are ripe for a harvest, and tell them about Jesus, today. You are God’s ambassadors, and you may be the final chance to harvest their souls for God.
Pastor Robert William Brock My Daily Devotional Volume Eight