I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields!  They are ripe for harvest.  John 4:35b NIV

I recently read a devotional from the book, VOICES OF THE FAITHFUL.  The title that day was “The Harvest is Rotting.”  In this story the missionary was  working in a situation that seemed too hard.  How could there be a harvest in a land that needed to be plowed, planted and cared for before there could be a harvest.  But in God’s providence, this missionary was shown that God was indeed already at work in what seemed hopeless and the field was truly ripe for harvest.

At Texas Port Ministry we are attempting to reach Seafarers, Truck Drivers and Port Workers with the Good News of Jesus.  But most days it seems that the work is too difficult.  There are too many people that need a touch and too few workers to accomplish such a great task.  In the Freeport Harbor Community could the harvest be rotting in the fields?  Is it rotting because no one is telling them the good news?  Or could it be rotting because there are too few workers?  After all, as Michelle quoted at our banquet, “the Good News in only good news if it gets there in time.” 

I truly feel a strong sense of urgency for us, as Christians, to be busy about the work God has given us to do in the Great Commission and the Great Commandment.  However, I am concerned that many Christians are complacent and don’t feel that it is their job or are frozen in their fear of talking to someone about a relationship with Jesus. 

On the same day that I read “Rotting in the Field” I also read this quote by William Booth:
“Not called!” did you say?  “Not heard the call,” I think you should say.  Put your ear down to the Bible, and hear Him bid you go and pull sinners out of the fire of sin.  Put your ear down to the burdened, agonized heart of humanity, and listen to its pitiful wail for help.  Go stand by the gates of hell, and hear the damned entreat you to go to their father’s house and bid their brothers and sisters and servants and masters not to come there.  Then look Christ in the face – whose mercy you have professed to obey – and tell Him whether you will join heart and soul and body and circumstances in the march to publish His mercy to the world.

Will you ask yourself the question, “Is God calling me to join Him in His work through Texas Port Ministry?”  For some, it will be a call to prayer.  For others it will be a call to join us in God’s harvest field.  If you keep your focus on yourself, you will never join in.  It is only when you see people as Jesus does will you move into action. 

The hymn says:
Lead me to some soul today, teach me, Lord, just what to say; Friends of mine are lost in sin, and cannot find their way.
Few there are who seem to care, and few there are who pray; Melt my heart and fill my life, give me one soul today.

My prayer for you today is that you will say “yes” to God and join Him in His harvest field before the harvest rots in the field.
Blessings to you all,
Matthew 9:35-38


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