The Summer Harvest

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What thoughts come to your mind when you think of summer? Time at the beach, river rafting, lake fishing, kayaking, hiking trails, mountain biking? Summer is the time for vacations and relaxing, but that’s not all. It is the time between the Spring harvest and the Fall harvest. Is there a Summer harvest?

One hot summer day after a long journey, Jesus came to Jacob’s well and asked a Samaritan woman for a drink. It was the middle of the day–not when most women came to the well. But Jesus had to talk with her. She had questions about worship, and she was the first person to whom Jesus announced that He was the Messiah. Inspired by such news, she ran into town and to tell others about a man who knew all about her. Could He be the Messiah?

While she was gone, the disciples returned and urged Jesus to eat something. He said He had food they knew nothing about. They thought someone else brought food to Him, but He said, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent me and to finish His work. Don’t you have a saying, ‘It’s four months until harvest’? I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest” (John 4:34-35).

Jesus was talking about the harvest of redemption when He said, “Even now the one who reaps draws a wage and harvests a crop for eternal life, so that the sower and the reaper may be glad together. One sows and another reaps . . . I sent you to reap what you have not worked for. Others have done the hard work, and you have reaped the benefits or their labor” (John 4:36-38).


The woman at the well understood! She was the first evangelist in the Bible–not educated or prolific in speech. Moved by her time with Jesus, she shared things Jesus said. Could He be the expected Messiah? She got their attention, and they went to the well to hear what He had to say. Then they believed.

Listen! Jesus said to the disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few” (Matthew 9:37). As you go on your way, will you consider how you can enter into a conversation with others to tell them how they can experience God’s amazing love and inherit eternal life? Someone needs to know!


Thank you, Father God, for Jesus who demonstrated simple ways to strike up conversations that impact people for eternity. Open our eyes to see opportunities and empower us to reach out with your love. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

How Valuable is Your Time?

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Everyone on planet earth gets the same allotment of hours in a day. Why is it some people accomplish so much more? I think they must get up earlier or stay up later than I do. Maybe both. I am convicted by this verse: “Be very careful, then, how you live–not as unwise but as wise, make the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil” (Ephesians 5:15). This Scripture might be misunderstood by those who are driven by their work or hobbies. God didn’t intend for busyness to rob us of rest and sleep. Yet, He doesn’t want us to miss opportunities to help others either. I suggest two keys in time management: priority and flexibility.

Every day we have a time to eat and a time to sleep; a time to devote to God an a time to serve; a time to work and a time to create; a time for family and a time for friends. And we still find time to waste–time spent doing unimportant things–ouch!


Time takes on greater meaning when we have purpose. Do you know what your purpose is? A Christian’s purpose is to know God and to make Him known. Plain and simple. Each one has different gifts and callings, talents and abilities, personalities and experiences. God even uses the messes of our pasts to create messages for the redemption of others. Jesus said, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few” (Matthew 9:37). The harvest is the world and the workers are God’s people called to be His light in a dark world, to redeem the lost for His kingdom.


Heavenly Father, help us to use our time wisely and to accomplish all you have for us to do. Empower us with wisdom, priorities and flexibility to reach others with the same love you have given us. In Jesus’ name, Amen.