Saturday, August 9, 2014
Saturday Sermonette--To Everything a Season, Part 3
To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven:
.... A time to plant, and a time to pluck what is planted. (Eccleastes 3:1, 2b)
For most farmers, this is a no-brainer. Plant in the spring, and harvest in the fall. Or if the crop is longer term (like orchards or vineyards), the crop is harvested when the tree or vine is mature and the nut or fruit is ready.
Not before. Not before the tree or vine is mature enough, and not before the nut or fruit is ready.
In John, Chapter 4, Jesus talks about the field being ready for harvest, and He's talking about the disciples going to tell folks about the coming kingdom. The crop is ready.
If someone is playing this game, he says "Simon says pat your head." So the person challenged pats his head. But Jesus says "Go and tell the world," and what do we do? Nod sagely? Yeah. Memorize the verse? Maybe. But go out and tell? Uh, well....I dunno.
Why do we panic when faced with sharing the Gospel? The happiest news in the world, and we hesitate! What's up with us, anyhow? Lord, how long will you be patient with us?