Field where harvest happens

Field where harvest happens

The fields are ripe and harvest is at hand. It’s a beautiful picture, true in rice fields of Madagascar, in the cornfields the American Midwest or metaphorically speaking, in our lives. In Matthew 13 Jesus talks in parables about the different types of soil and their yielding.

When I learned that during my time in Antananarivo I would be hosted at the school leader’s house, I rejoiced because I had enjoyed sweet moments with the Lord there, overlooking the beautiful rice fields. Upon arriving, I headed to my favorite spot… To my surprise, what I saw was nothing like what I expected and had seen in the past! The once green fields were now dismally dry and hardened. Though disappointed, my mind immediately drew a spiritual lesson from the sight before my eyes.

As I remembered the beautiful green fields that represented fertility and an abundant harvest for the rice farmers, I now realized that our lives in many ways parallel the condition and stages of rice fields.

The fields are ripe and harvest is at hand. It’s a beautiful picture, true in rice fields of Madagascar, in the cornfields the American Midwest or metaphorically speaking, in our lives. In Matthew 13 Jesus talks in parables about the different types of soil and their yielding.

There is not one person breathing on this earth today whom the Lord has not in some way sown seeds of truth and faith into their hearts. His faithfulness to pursue relationship with human kind and His fidelity in reaching out to us are unwavering. This has been demonstrated from the beginning of time, but its greatest demonstration came at Calvary. He sent His Son not to condemn the world, but to relentlessly call us to draw near, to embrace and be embraced, and to receive so that we can pour out of an overflowing cup. Such determination towards us is because He desires that none should perish, but all have eternal life.

The question is not if seeds have been sown in our lives; the question is:

What is the condition of our hearts?
What is our response to the seeds sown?
Here is an illustration that is both simple and powerful. As you read this, my hope is that you welcome the Holy Spirit to speak to your innermost being, either convicting and redirecting you towards a new season, or affirming and pouring fresh encouragement for you to keep on!

Dear friends, God is speaking to you daily and without ceasing—How are you responding?

I have recently been reading a lot in the Old Testament, and the common thread throughout is God’s call for people to turn and be saved—God’s call for a nation to turn and be restored—to turn and be healed—to turn and have a different future! He has not changed. He is the same yesterday, today and forever. He is still offering us the chance to bare fruit and yield. . .

thirtyfold instead of trampled seeds!
sixtyfold instead of withered or dead seeds!
a hundredfold instead of being choked by thorns!
The desire to respond to Him needs to be yours; the willingness to take the first step also, BUT once those two steps are taken, He will help you to walk it out!

Remember John 14?

He has not left us as orphans, but has sent the Holy Spirit, our Helper and the One who teaches us right from wrong; He is the One who empowers us to say no the entrapments of sin, to the traps of this world!We are not alone—we just need to take the first step. He will meet us there!

Field where harvest happens