Harvest when “Ready”!

“Not all will be saved, harvest the ones that are ready.”

I awoke in dismay a few days ago, to the sound of this [the above mentioned] revelation, and it has stayed with me ever since.  “What am I to make of this Lord?”

Having watched or listened to the sound teaching & preaching of Dr. Charles Stanley from In Touch Ministries for over 15 years, the message…

“You reap what you sow, more than you sow, and later than you sow.”

… resonates in my heart now~ for evangelism.  And more so, it serves as a monitor, a mentor, and a convictor, as needed.

But what about this particular morning, with “Not all will be saved, harvest the ones that are ready”?  Was this a contradiction or a confirmation?  And it was then that this Scripture came immediately to my mind…

“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. 36 Already he who reaps is receiving  wages and is gathering  fruit for life eternal; so that he who sows and he who reaps may rejoice together.” [John 4:35-36]

If I may back up a little ;), this quandary all began about a week ago.  I had voluntarily checked on the status of a vegetable garden, whose owner was out of town for a long weekend.  I noticed that most of the vegetables were either not ready, rotten, early stage blight, over developed, or removed from the plant by an unseen enemy [critter] & decaying.  The onions, however, appeared in good shape and were lying on top of the soil neither rotten, over developed, or displaced by enemy hands.

I was so pleased to be able to grab those that appeared to me as ‘ready’ [& there were several], and to think how the owner might be pleased with my rescue efforts… seeing how he was away.  I thought I had made a wise decision, but apparently I thought wrong.  When the owner returned home [early I might add], he boasted “the onions would grow bigger if you’d left them alone.”

I had felt a little foolish and quite discouraged that I had taken the initiative to harvest where I didn’t belong.  I had thought it was the right gesture, and in the spirit of helping, the right thing to do.

“Not all will be saved, harvest the ones that are ready.”

As I pondered on this statement when I first heard it, I was so saddened by the names & faces of family, friends, and even “Christians” who flashed before me and I would cry…

“Oh my God, I thought we were both on the same page, desiring that none should perish.  So how can this be & what can I do?”

And from the same messenger who brought me “Not all will be saved, harvest the ones that are ready”~ delivered “Trust ME!”; and that was all that I needed to hear to continue my day.

By the day’s end, I had peace and could see things in a better light.  I had glanced out the window that faces the garden and took notice of the owner tending to and weeding his garden [all the while talking on his cell phone :(].  He was out there for what seemed like hours.  And for all his efforts, it appeared that his yield was three small to medium sized tomatoes.

And as if it were for the first time hearing it, I realized…

“Not all will be saved, harvest the ones that are ready.”

The Lord made it very clear to me at that very moment… that not all will be saved.  And not because He doesn’t desire it so, but for the different reasons that some seeds do fall away from the good soil.  But for the ones that are ‘Ready’, He picks, He prunes, He prepares them in the way they should go, and He sends them out… to harvest.  And likewise, shouldn’t we when we see ‘ready’, help set, to go… because tomorrow may never come.

Jesus *said to them,…  35 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. 36 Already he who reaps is receiving wages and is gathering fruit for life eternal; so that he who sows and he who reaps may rejoice together. 37 For in this case the saying is true, ‘ One sows and another reaps.’ 38 I sent you to reap that for which you have not labored; others have labored and you have entered into their labor.” [John 4]

To those who live in Zion… His church, His body, His children, His chosen:

“Not all will be saved, harvest the ones that are READY!”

[Hint:  These are the ones who show up when most don’t; the ones with their hands raised in praise declaring “Here am I Lord, send me”; the ones with outstretched arms, trying to embrace the heart of Jesus and desiring to produce everything God has for offer.]

Today is the day of the Lord… Be READY, get SET, GO!

Lord, am I READY to follow You?
I pray it so!
…  jams4JESUS

You don’t suppose this could be bigger than a vegetable garden do you?  😉

Why wait even one more minute…

Mark 4 (NASB)

Parable of the Sower and Soils

1 He began to teach again by the sea. And such a very large crowd gathered to Him that He got into a boat in the sea and sat down; and the whole crowd was by the sea on the land. 2 And He was teaching them many things in parables, and was saying to them in His teaching, 3 “Listen to this! Behold, the sower went out to sow; 4 as he was sowing, some seed fell beside the road, and the birds came and ate it up. 5 Other seed fell on the rocky ground where it did not have much soil; and immediately it sprang up because it had no depth of soil. 6 And after the sun had risen, it was scorched; and because it had no root, it withered away. 7 Other seed fell among the thorns, and the thorns came up and choked it, and it yielded no crop. 8 Other seeds fell into the good soil, and as they grew up and increased, they yielded a crop and produced thirty, sixty, and a hundredfold.” 9 And He was saying, “ He who has ears to hear, let him hear.”

10 As soon as He was alone, His followers, along with the twelve, began asking Him about the parables. 11 And He was saying to them, “To you has been given the mystery of the kingdom of God, but those who are outside get everything in parables, 12 so that while seeing, they may see and not perceive, and while hearing, they may hear and not understand, otherwise they might return and be forgiven.”

Explanation

13 And He *said to them, “Do you not understand this parable? How will you understand all the parables? 14 The sower sows the word. 15 These are the ones who are beside the road where the word is sown; and when they hear, immediately Satan comes and takes away the word which has been sown in them. 16 In a similar way these are the ones on whom seed was sown on the rocky places, who, when they hear the word, immediately receive it with joy; 17 and they have no firm root in themselves, but are only temporary; then, when affliction or persecution arises because of the word, immediately they fall away. 18 And others are the ones on whom seed was sown among the thorns; these are the ones who have heard the word, 19 but the worries of the world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the desires for other things enter in and choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful. 20 And those are the ones on whom seed was sown on the good soil; and they hear the word and accept it and bear fruit, thirty, sixty, and a hundredfold.”

21 And He was saying to them, “ A lamp is not brought to be put under a basket, is it, or under a bed? Is it not brought to be put on the lampstand? 22 For nothing is hidden, except to be revealed; nor has anything been secret, but that it would come to light. 23 If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear.” 24 And He was saying to them, “Take care what you listen to. By your standard of measure it will be measured to you; and more will be given you besides. 25 For whoever has, to him more shall be given; and whoever does not have, even what he has shall be taken away from him.”

Parable of the Seed

26 And He was saying, “The kingdom of God is like a man who casts seed upon the soil; 27 and he goes to bed at night and gets up by day, and the seed sprouts and grows—how, he himself does not know. 28 The soil produces crops by itself; first the blade, then the head, then the mature grain in the head. 29 But when the crop permits, he immediately puts in the sickle, because the harvest has come.”

Parable of the Mustard Seed

30 And He said, “How shall we picture the kingdom of God, or by what parable shall we present it? 31 It is like a mustard seed, which, when sown upon the soil, though it is smaller than all the seeds that are upon the soil, 32 yet when it is sown, it grows up and becomes larger than all the garden plants and forms large branches; so that the birds of the air can nest under its shade.”

33 With many such parables He was speaking the word to them, so far as they were able to hear it; 34 and He did not speak to them without a parable; but He was explaining everything privately to His own disciples.

 

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I... 'will seek [First] the LORD my God, and I will find Him if I seek Him with all my heart and with all my soul.' Deut. 4:29 I... 'shall love the LORD my God with all my heart, with all my soul, and with all my strength.' Deut. 6:5 I... 'Trust in the LORD with all my heart, And lean not on my own understanding; In all ways... acknowledge Him, And He shall make my path straight.' Proverbs 3:5-6 I... 'remind you to stir up the gift of God which is in you' 2Tim. 1:6 I... 'thank God, whom I serve... without ceasing... I... remember YOU in my prayers night and day,' 2Tim. 1:3 I... am to 'Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let my requests be made known to God' Phil. 4:6 I... KNOW: 'I can do all things in Christ who strengthens me.' Phil.4:13 'My God shall supply all my need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.' Phil. 4:19 'My GOD will never leave me, nor forsake me.' Heb. 13:5 JESUS so loves me, this I... KNOW
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3 Responses to Harvest when “Ready”!

  1. robind333 says:

    Wonderful post Julie….Definitely enjoyed reading this…thank you so much for sharing…Many, many blessings to you….Robin

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    • jams4JESUS says:

      THANK YOU ROBIN… for ALL your kind words & support. I am thoroughly blessed when I read your heart-felt [your heart & mine] posts. Your encouragement was a timely ‘hand-up’ today. Thank you Friend! GOD BLESS YOU!

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