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By Executive Presbyter/Region 2, Jim Pollard | October 1, 2020

Harvest, the season when ripened crops are gathered. Here in Southern Idaho, harvest is beginning to come into full swing.  Grain, corn, potatoes, and garden crops are becoming ripe. The farmers have moved their harvesters into the fields, great storage bens are being filled, hay is being stacked, and potatoes are being placed in huge buildings, chopped corn stored for the feeding of cattle. One could say it is the season when ripened crops are gathered.

While Jesus was on earth, He viewed the world and said, “I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest” Luke 4:35; Looking at our world today, this is the season when ripened crops are to be gathered. Today as never before society is gripped with fear some people have lost hope, lives are in turmoil over the loss of jobs, income and future retirement. Souls are ripe for harvest. Jesus is the answer, He can remove fear and restore hope in a world that is plague by corruption, crime and terrorism.

Jesus went on to say in Luke 10: 2 He told them, "The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the LORD of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.  

The harvest can be great but unless the crops are brought in they will perish in the fields. How sad that a harvest would be lost because of a lack of workers. The Lord gave the instructions; “Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers.” Could it be that in our asking, we could lead by example and go ourselves into the harvest and reap lost souls into the Kingdom of God?

Opportunities abound all around, every city and town is facing the same challenges. Answers to these dilemmas are being proclaimed in many forms.  But the only true answer is found in the saving grace of the Lord. 

May we all renew our commitment to work in the harvest fields of humanity, too redeem the lost and hurting. There is a great harvest, it is ripe. Lord we ask for workers to go out into your harvest field.