Matthew 9:38 therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.”
A friend recently shared a dream she got many years ago. The crux of it, as I remember, is that she was gathering up a harvest. She recalls that it was a beautiful harvest. In the distance she noticed some sheep being abused and gravely mistreated by evil figures. That was grieving her so much she stopped gathering. A pastor she knew looked at her and said, “Don’t get distracted! Keep gathering.”
Those two words stuck with me. I’ve been processing this conversation in prayer. It’s so easy to get caught up in temporary pleasures of this world. And I believe it’s ok to enjoy life. However, far too often we forget that there is a spiritual battle of light vs darkness going on all around us. I often pray for others but sometimes, like all of us, I lose temporary sight of what’s really important.
I feel called to write in a transparent way, creating connection, healing, and hope to others. I don’t feel led to speak with authority into people’s lives as much as communicate God’s love and transforming power.
But I clearly see it.
I see the spiritual war raging. I understand that not everything being said is truth. We must rightly divide with the Word.
“Peace, peace” is shouted while violence and wickedness increases.
My heart is saddened to think of people arguing over silly things while the harvest needs to be gathered. While people are dying, lost. So few already are laboring. Too few.
God, help me to keep my focus where it should be. Bind my wandering heart to you. May I be faithful, unwavering, bold yet loving, gentle but strong, in speaking and living truth. May I fear you always more than any human. Help me live eternity minded, running the race to win so I hear, “Well done good and faithful servant.” Let my words and actions point to You and Your purpose.
Trials and persecution will come-to some degree at least. Truth will sometimes (if not often) offend. But I will think it. Speak it. Live it.
There have been testing times for me. Pushing that button to post a hard truth or giving a response that isn’t candy-coated can be tough. I’ve lost connections and casual friends. I will love you in heart, but I will not condone or approve of gay marriage. I’m not going to offer sympathy because you just “fell out of love” with your husband and want a new one. I refuse to jump on the sloppy grace train. Yes, there is grace. But the ten commandments are TEN, not nine. The church forgets what’s we’re told to remember.
And that’s not ok.
As for me, life is too precious to waste. Truth is the only thing that sets us free. So I will keep running to win.
Yes, I will keep gathering.
Hebrews 10:23 ESV Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful.