Revelation 14:14-16 (ESV)
The Harvest of the Earth
14 Then I looked, and behold, a white cloud, and seated on the cloud one like a son of man, with a golden crown on his head, and a sharp sickle in his hand.15 And another angel came out of the temple, calling with a loud voice to him who sat on the cloud, “Put in your sickle, and reap, for the hour to reap has come, for the harvest of the earth is fully ripe.” 16 So he who sat on the cloud swung his sickle across the earth, and the earth was reaped.
Wow! What an image. Can you just imagine Jesus riding up on a
cloud with a giant sickle in his hand, ready to harvest what we
have sown here on earth? Jesus came to sow the gospel here on
earth, and we are meant to be its caretakers and to continue
sowing the Word in others. What are we doing now to make this
earth "fully ripe," as today’s reading from Revelation states?
Vacation Bible School has been a tangible example of sowing
the gospel on earth. The children come with so much energy for
learning about Jesus, and I imagine them going home to tell their
families and friends about what they learned. If every child who
came to Vacation Bible School told at least 2 people about Jesus'
love and goodness, then more than 300 people would have heard
the gospel because of it. How awesome is that?
Why is it that we stop sharing these things as we grow older?
We expect children to tell us what they learn at school, camp,
and church, and they usually do so without us having to ask.
Over time, we stop doing that ourselves, and we miss out on
opportunities to share our authentic experiences of Jesus with
others. We miss out on making our earth fully ripe. What if
everyone at St. John's told two new people what they learned at
church each week? We could reach thousands and thousands of
people if we could have faith like children. Would you do God a
favor and tell two new people about His love and grace this
week? He can only reap more if we continue to sow.
Dear God, give us faith like children. Help us speak the words
that others need to hear, and help us to tell of the love and grace
you have given us. In Jesus' name, Amen.
Written by Sam Neahring
Director of Children and Family Ministries