Fall 2022 has arrived! And, the crisp air, colorful leaves, and shorter days and longer nights are all on display. I really love this time of the year. I remember growing up in rural Robeson County. When the fall of the year rolled around we all knew what time it was. No one had to guess. They automatically knew because of their sense of the change of season. Yes, you got it, it was “Harvest time”. In our language, “time to go to work!” Although dreaded much of the time, there was something beneficial that happened around that time of working together. Relationships and work ethic were developed. And oh, how much of that we need in our land today.
With that concept in mind, Jesus said to His disciples in John 4:35, “Say not ye, there are yet four months, and then cometh harvest (the time to go to work)? Behold, I say unto you, lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest. “Jesus is saying to us today, for we are His modern day disciples, that there is a harvest right outside the doors of our church. The surrounding communities are white fields ready for the harvest.
Concerning the harvest, Jesus said, “The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest” (Matthew 9:37, 38). Jesus lays claim on the harvest and He says it is plentiful. Just like the twelve disciples, we the members of the Concord SDA Church have the grand privilege of working together with the Master of soul winning. During this time we get to develop as disciples and witness God’s miraculous power to transform hearts.
Beginning October 21st through November 6, 2022, our church will be actively involved with sowing seeds of truth and reaping a righteous harvest. I, pastor Scottie Deal, along with Jesus, am asking, for each of you to lift up your heads, look around, and pray for the Lord to send for His laborers to reap a harvest. Will that be you? Will you go to work for Him in your very own church, community, family, or job? If so, please join me in the harvest each night. We may not physically see the harvest outside, but the Holy Spirit does, and He has been leading and guiding them for such a time as this!
In His Loving Service,
Pastor Scottie Deal