θερισμός – Therismos – Greek for “Harvest”
God created the Harvest (Colossians 1:16).
Like all of His creation, God uses the Harvest to illustrate His greatness and to glorify Himself.
The Bible doesn’t contain enough words for God to individually reference every single element of His creation. However, the Harvest is one of those things that He does specifically use to describe an element of Himself:
“Do you not say, ‘There are yet four months, then comes the harvest’? Look, I tell you, lift up your eyes, and see that the fields are white for harvest. Already the one who reaps is receiving wages and gathering fruit for eternal life, so that sower and reaper may rejoice together.”
As this passage suggests, there are multiple independent roles involved in reaping a bountiful Harvest. God designs each Christian’s life to suit the various roles that we each live out.
As His workmanship, we have been set aside to fulfill His divine purposes (Ephesians 2:10, Romans 8:28, Psalm 139:13-16). Among the good works that He has prepared for Christians to participate in during our days here on Earth, is the gathering together of His Harvest.
In John 4, Jesus shared a portion of His plan for growing up and gathering in His fruit. Concisely, these steps for reaping the Harvest include:
Lest we think that this process is rapid (at least as far as we determine speed), Christ also implies that it will take quite some time and that it will be ongoing.
In this discussion, Jesus doesn’t ask His disciples to decipher the length of the timeline required for the planting, watering, and growing needed to usher in the good harvest. Instead, He tells them to take immediate steps to begin the work at hand. He later reminds them of this task in a passage commonly referred to as the Great Commission:
“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.””
In addition, we have been reminded that the Day of the Lord will come unexpectedly, “like a thief in the night.”
Therefore, as Disciples – we must consider it our duty to fulfill this commission. Now.
If you would like a little help spreading the good news of the Harvest, why don’t you consider purchasing this shirt as a tool to support your work?
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