IT’S HARVEST TIME (Part 2)

“Prepare your work outside and make it ready for yourself in the field;afterwards, then, build your house” (Proverbs 24:27).

There is a real sense that most people walk through life, like a blind man seeing nothing. They are too preoccupied with the things that are of no importance that they miss the thing that is of great importance. And because they are unaware of that which is of greater value all around them they sell out the thing that would truly make them rich. Take for example the story that Jesus tells regarding the nature of the kingdom of heaven.

“The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure hidden in the field, which a man found and hid again; and from joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field” (Matthew 13:44).

The story is simple enough on the surface but it is packed with spiritual significance. The kingdom of heaven is something that is hidden in the most unlikely place, in the field. What is the field? Jesus tells us “the field is the world”(Matthew 13:38). He is giving us a clue into the heart of the Father from the beginning. God created the world and put man in it. Man fell from his lofty place through disobedience. And yet God does not destroy the man. Rather He places the man outside the garden in order to redeem man back to Himself. Is this not the point that we mentioned in our previous post as we looked at Jesus going through Samaria (John 4)? Ultimately, Jesus came to the woman at the well because she was the true treasure hidden in the field of the world.

The gospel of the kingdom expresses the heart of the Father in sending His Son, Jesus Christ, into a fallen world in order to buy back that which He values and prizes. “God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son that whosoever believed in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world but that the world should be saved through him” (John 3:16-17). The gospel is not a message of condemnation but restoration and redemption. If we do not have eyes to see that human beings, albeit fallen, confused, wounded and sinful are the real treasure that God is after we will part with the field in which is the treasure.

Jesus is the Man God sent to find the hidden treasure and reclaim it for the Father. Although the field may not have the appearance that it has much to offer…with discerning eyes we see beyond what it appears to be and really is–a valuable treasure. As a matter of fact, every soul born upon the earth is important to God because although sin has marred the image of the original God upon the soul of man, God was willing to buy it back at great cost, selling all He had. Peter wrote, “Knowing that you were not redeemed with perishable things like silver or gold from your futile way of life inherited from your forefathers, but with precious blood, as a lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of Christ. For He was foreknown before the foundation of the world, but has appeared in these last times for the sake of you”(1 Peter 1:18-20 NAS).

Jesus calls His disciples to a new awareness of the treasure hidden in the fields of the world. The harvest is ready now if we have the eyes to see it. “Do you not say ‘There are yet four months, and then comes the harvest? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes, and look on the fields, that they are white for harvest. Already he who reaps is receiving wages, and is gathering fruit for life eternal; that he who sows and he who reaps may rejoice together” (John 4:35-36). Jesus assures us that there is joy and reward for those who labor in the harvest field.

We live in the time in which the prophet Amos foretold, “The plowman will overtake the reaper…” (Amos 9:13). There is an acceleration of the work of the Holy Spirit in the earth, the ingathering of souls. The cry is not for more spectators but for more workers in the field; those who will recognize and seize the moment to reap. They recognize the urgency and are willing to pay the price to gain the treasure in the field. Its harvest time.

(c) Walter Fletcher, Jr., 2010. Permission is granted to reproduce this article free of charge, provided it is not sold or altered in its original form or content. Please feel free to direct all correspondence to: walterfletcherjr@gmail.com

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