Ask any farmer about harvest time and they will tell you that one of the most important times of the year is Harvest time. A ripe harvest with no one to harvest it can end with disastrous results. Timing is everything if the farmer is to get the maximum profit from his crop.
It is with a sense of urgency that Jesus sends the seventy two out on their mission. There is it seems an abundant harvest of hearts waiting to be won for the kingdom but few who are willing to go and do the work.
Jesus’ call extends beyond the select few disciples and demonstrates that his desire is that as many as possible should be equipped to spread the good news of God’s love.
His instructions are clear. The seventy two are instructed to greet everyone in every place with God’s peace. If it is rejected they are not to delay by engaging in pointless arguments, but instead to take the Gospel to others who are open to receive it.
A happy farmer is one who has had a bumper harvest.. For the returning missionaries and for Jesus the results of their efforts bring much rejoicing. Those who have been faithful and gone out in Christ’s name do not return disappointed at the results of their efforts.
But there is still much work to be done and a huge harvest awaits for those who are faithful to Jesus call. Let us remember to pray for the harvest as we remain faithful to Jesus call for us to go. Matthew 28
Till next time. Andrew
Rev. Andrew Smith
Vicar of Light in the Hills