“Pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.” Matthew 9:38
In a recent time of prayer, my spirit began to burn with the desire to know more about Jesus and His heart for the harvest. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the term “harvest,” it means the coming in of countless souls into the Kingdom of God. As the Lord began to speak to me, little by little I began to discover what “UNLOCKS THE HARVEST” and the power that is made available to all of us in order to reap it.
So, what unlocks the harvest? The very first thing I was shown was that, it’s God’s Word that unlocks the harvest. Just like a seed going into the ground unlocks what’s inside, God’s Word going into a human heart unlocks eternal life. As people of faith, we can never minimize what God has maximized. Time and time again in scripture, we’ve been shown that God’s Word has the power to maximize any situation, circumstance, or soul. The story of the woman at the well (John 4:4-42) is a prime example of the Word of God unlocking the harvest.
Jesus sat down by a well to have a conversation with a Samaritan woman. After some dialogue, Jesus told the woman to go and get her husband. It was a supernatural set up! When she replied that she didn’t have a husband, the Holy Spirit gave Jesus a WORD (John 4:17-19) that UNLOCKED this woman’s heart. She left her water pot and became a water spout! Jesus TOLD her about herself and she TOLD her entire town about Jesus. This one moment became a movement! The WORD that UNLOCKED the Samaritan’s heart, had UNLOCKED a Samaritan’s harvest!
To drill in my point even further, it’s the WORD in the right soil that UNLOCKS the HARVEST. So why is it that so many Believers who know the Word of God, choose not to UNLOCK the HARVEST we’ve been told about? I believe JOHN 4:34-38, reveals that we have the same issues that the early disciples and apostles had. We need to open our eyes! The fields of hungry hearts are ripe! As God’s seed sowers, we need to sow God’s Word, so that the reaper’s can reap God’s heavenly harvest.
Listen to me, the only HARVEST you’ll SEE is the HARVEST you SEED! And the SIZE of the HARVEST will always match the AMOUNT of SEEDS you and I have sown. God’s Word is absolute! Whatever He SPEAKS, He intends to REAP (Isaiah 55:11). Like the disciples, I believe we have to repent, before we can reap. And all of this happens with humility and confession in prayer to the Lord of the Harvest Himself.
PRAYING THE WORD (Matthew 9:35-38)
*We need to receive God’s burden/compassion for the harvest*
OBEYING THE WORD (Matthew 10:1,5-7, Luke 10:1-2)
*We need to receive the faith to believe God for the harvest*
DISPLAYING THE WORD (Luke 9:1-2, 6-9)
*We need to receive God’s gifts to become a laborer/worker in the harvest*
- Take time this week to PRAY, OBEY, and DISPLAY the Word of God. Remember, all momentum starts with a moment. Let your small moments, become big movements.