“Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest. And he that reapeth receiveth wages, and gathereth fruit unto life eternal: that both he that soweth and he that reapeth may rejoice together. And herein is that saying true, One soweth, and another reapeth.”
Jesus spoke these words right after He had preached the gospel to the Samaritan woman at the well. While they saw a “waste of time”, He saw a bountiful harvest among an unreached people group.
We Need to See the Harvest (v.35)
It has been said that “Point of View” is worth 200 IQ points. What this means is that the Right Perspective coupled with Right Action can make a very big difference in success.
All week long at the Spiritual Leadership Conference in Lancaster, California, this has been weighing heavily on my heart. Both Singapore and California have been attracting a migration of people from the Mission Field to our doorsteps. The harvest is before our very noses!
Jesus tells us to “lift up” our eyes because it is all too easy for us to become so busy with daily ministry and that we fail to see the “bigger picture” in front of us. Our public school teachers in MBC face a multi-national, multi-cultural classroom every day. Undergraduates in MBC constantly rub shoulders with foreign students from the field.
As I write this, I also see this is true of a place like California. When we went soul-winning last Saturday, I was reminded how white, Anglo-Saxons are now the minority people group there. California has become a mission field and in the next 10 years, MBC will have to send our own missionaries to start churches there.
We Need to Work with Urgency
The problem with a harvest is that the it does not wait for us (Jer 8:20). Once over, what is not gathered in, is wasted and goes to the birds of the air or it rots away.
There is a unique window of opportunity open to Singapore. I don’t know how long this window will be open but we must Act while this opportunity is open to us.
We Need Teamwork (v.36)
This work is too much for one person, harvesting, reaping, planting and sowing all require teamwork. There are no technological replacements for going door-to-door, contact-to-contact. It requires God’s people and it requires teamwork and organization as a church with the pastor leading.
We Need to Invest in the Harvest
The Lord has convicted me about this burden. We need to invest in the mission field that is at our doorstep. Without sowing, there can be no reaping. This is a matter of urgent prayer and seeking God’s face, timing and Providence.
MBC is in a unique position to reach foreign students and parents, win them to Christ, train them and send them back to establish indigenous churches. These are our future missionaries. Please Pray with me that MBC will be used by God for this.