John 4:35 "Behold, I say unto you, lift up your eyes and look on the fields, for they are white already to harvest."
Dear CBC Family,
Sometimes as Christians, we see nonbelievers as the enemy. Remember, we were all nonbelievers at one time. Nonbelievers are not the enemy but they are under the control of the Enemy. The Bible says that Satan “The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.” (2 Corinthians 4:4). We need to fully grasp this truth and learn to see unbelievers as prisoners that need to be freed by the gospel.
This morning as I arrived at church there was an elderly homeless woman sitting in a chair under the alcove. After I got everything opened up I went out to see what was her story. Her name was Loretta and she was probably close to 80 years old. It was very apparent that life had been hard on her. She said she was just looking for a place to rest for a while and she would move on. I asked her if she was hungry and what we could do to help and then she asked if I was “the reverend”. I told her that I was just a guy and asked why she asked that question. Certainly, I don’t have a “collar” so why that assumption?
As she answered it became clear that in her experience only the “professionals” have ever reached out to her. This made me very sad and that is why I am writing to you. When was the last time you shared the gospel with someone or got past your own flesh to care for a less fortunate? This is not a reprimand but a challenge to us all. Where is the rest of the body of Christ in Loretta’s experience?
Why not set a goal that before this pandemic ends to lead 10 people to Christ? Maybe you’re thinking, “That’s too much. That’s God’s job (correct but He uses us to do so) or “I haven’t led anyone to Christ in a long time, or maybe never.” I think goals are important and a goal like this will help direct our attention where it should be.
The place to start is with prayer. Remember that a lack of prayer is what begins the lukewarm process according to Jesus (Rev3). Will you join me in praying “Lord, I want to see You save people through my life that you redeemed. Please make this happen for the glory of Your Name.” I believe Jesus will answer that prayer.
How do I know Jesus will answer? Because, Jesus said, “Don’t you have a saying, ‘It’s still four months until harvest’? I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest.” (John 4:35). We are the workers He has sent out into His field. There is a harvest and it is ready.
Don’t just think of the world. Think of your world. Lift up your eyes in your family. There are people ready to come to Jesus. Lift up your eyes in your neighborhood. There are people ready to come to Jesus. Lift up your eyes in your community. There are people ready to come to Jesus. People like Loretta!
What happened to Lorretta? Right now, she is eating the lunch we made her and resting. Definitely not the end of this story. Today is the day Jesus will draw near to her. Stay tuned…..
This weekend back in Romans 8. We love you and are here to listen and help. Reach out if you need and reach out to someone else if you aren’t.