This Sunday is Harvest Day. It is a time to celebrate! We will receive a special building fund offering, and should easily reach this year’s goal of $200,000 in the building fund. Harvest Day is a great time of celebration, fellowship, fun, and worship.
When I think of harvest time I always think of how Jesus drew upon agriculture and the changing cycle of the seasons for illustrations about life. There are lessons we can learn about all of life by observing the cycles of nature. Life is like the changing seasons. It’s important that we pay attention to, and get in step with the seasons of life. After all, it would be foolish and futile to plant in the winter or to try to harvest in the spring.
The fact that it is now harvest time implies several things. First, if there is a harvest it implies that there has been planting in the spring. The springtimes of life do not guarantee a harvest. Springtime is not a guarantee; it is a window of opportunity — a window that closes rather quickly. If there is a harvest it indicates that the opportunity of the spring was not neglected. If you want to harvest in the fall, don’t miss the springtime.
Harvest time also indicates that there has been a summer… a growing season. A time of hard work cultivating, nurturing, and protecting your valuable crop. Summertime is a time of threat. The bugs and weeds will take your crop if you let your guard down. In life, every garden will be invaded. You must be diligent to protect your value. Paul said in Galatians 6:9, “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”
Harvest time also means that winter is coming. Winter is a time for rest and renewal. Winter is a time to dream. It is a time for preparation, a time for reflection, a time to get ready for the coming spring--- for the new opportunities that lie ahead.
The writer of Ecclesiastes said, “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven: ... a time to plant and a time to uproot...” One of the greatest secrets of living a happy, fulfilling, and successful Christian life is to realize where you are in your own seasons of life and then to get in step with them. This Harvest day might be a good time to spend some time getting in touch with where you are in the journey of life. We are all headed for an ultimate harvest time. What we do with the opportunities of life will have a great deal to do with how that harvest turns out. What should you be doing now?