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Say not ye ...

Monday, November 14, 2005

"Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest." (John 4:35)

I have been thinking a lot about this verse the last few days (probably because it was used in part of Mark Kittrell's sermon on Tuesday).

How easy it seems to plan on getting busy about something "later." It seems so convenient to say, "In four months, I will sit down with my loved ones and really make sure they are saved." or "When the New Year comes, I will really get serious about reading through my Bible." I wonder if perhaps this leads to us becoming "four month Christians" (to borrow a term from Mark Kittrell), always planning on getting active for Christ, but never quite actually doing it. Always waiting for a more convenient time.

Our church, Messiah Baptist Fellowship, is in the process of looking for property. Sometimes it seems like the easy way out for us as a church is to just say, "When we get a building, we will ..." We need to be careful that we do not become a "When we get a building" church - thinking that "When we get a building, I will invite this family out to church" or "When we get a building, I will start helping in this aspect of the ministry."

The fields around us are already white to harvest. I am not a farming expert (to say the least), but I do know that when the harvest is ready, we cannot sit on the sidelines and just plan on getting around to it later. We need to get active in brining in the harvest now.

Just my thoughts,