That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. Romans 10:9-10 (NKJV)
I live in an area in which there is a lot of farming. Throughout the year, various types of crops can be seen growing. Now is the time for cotton. Every time I ride by the field with the cotton shining bright white, I think of the words of Jesus.
Do you not say, “There are still four months and then comes the harvest”? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are already white for harvest! John 4:35 (NKJV)
There are so many people who haven’t heard the truth of the Gospel. As Christians, we ought to feel the urgency to share the love of Christ with everyone we come in contact with. We do not know when the Lord may return, or when our last breath on this earth will be taken. We need to be ready for that moment, and help others make sure they are ready, as well.
But recently, I saw this message I have so often thought about in a new light. I saw a story showing where someone had stopped beside the cotton field and was gathering a little of the harvest for themselves. In other words, stealing. Perhaps they admired the cotton as I have so often, and desired to have a little to decorate their home. Maybe they thought that what little bit they took wouldn’t matter. After all, there was a whole field full of it. But it wasn’t theirs. They were stealing from the owner of the harvest.
How often do we steal from the Lord of the harvest? How many times do we feel the Lord urging us to speak to someone and we don’t? How often do we feel like we need to share a word from the Lord and we stay quiet? How many souls are we stealing from the Lord by not sharing the truth of salvation?
I don’t know why we find it hard to tell others about Christ. Perhaps if we thought more about the end result of us not sharing, of someone spending an eternity separated from Christ, instead of the possibility of being embarrassed or ridiculed, we would share more. Satan is doing all he can to steal from the harvest. He is working hard to keep people from hearing and believing in the message of salvation. I don’t want to help him along.
I pray God will help me to be more sensitive to His instructing me to share with someone as He gives me opportunity. And I hope this will be your prayer as well. The harvest is white and ready. Every soul matters. May we not steal from the Lord of the harvest by not assisting in the reaping.
Heavenly Father, thank You for allowing Your Son, Jesus, to die on the cross for my sins. Thank You for raising Him from the grave that we might have eternal life with You. Help me to share that wonderful truth to everyone You place in my path. Give me wisdom and strength to work in the harvest for Your glory and the salvation of souls. In Jesus’ Name I pray, Amen.