Seasons of Our Faith Day 3 – Fall: Harvesting Our Faith
by Maddie and Ruth McDonald
Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. (Matthew 28:19, ESV)
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. (Romans 12:2, ESV)
Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few.” (Matthew 9:37, ESV)
What do you think about when fall rolls around? I’m sure many of you think of cooler weather, falling leaves, pumpkin flavored everything, candles, and eating way too much food. I try not to pick a favorite season, but I definitely have a soft spot for fall. I love the cooler air in the mornings and being able to wear a sweatshirt to a bonfire. I also love all the food at this time of year—apple pie, cider donuts, pumpkin coffee, and a lot of other things I probably enjoy a little too much. I like this time of year because my favorite holidays are approaching—Thanksgiving and Christmas. It’s a season where I spend a lot of time with my family, and I treasure those memories (even just thinking about it gets me excited!).
As the air gets a little cooler in the fall, it marks the time of harvest for farmers. The crops that flourished during spring and summer are ready to be harvested and enjoyed. They have to be picked and harvested before winter comes and freezes the crops. I have a lot of respect for farmers, because harvest season is filled with long hours in order to finish before winter. They sacrifice their time to gather the crops so that we all can enjoy them. Thinking of the farmers and all the work they do for harvest, I’m reminded of the work we have as Christians. We weren’t called to just sit back and coast through life; we were called to go into all the nations and share the gospel (Matt. 28:19).
In a coming day, there will be a harvest like never before, when Jesus comes to take Home those who are saved. But those who are left will be lost for all eternity. This thought alone should drive us to want to bring the gospel to those who are in need; we are not promised tomorrow or even the next moment. Our lives should be a testimony to those around us—the way we carry ourselves, the things we say, and the way we spend our time. When our lives look different from the world’s, it may spark conversations that can lead back to Christ. Often, I am tempted to be like those around me and just fit in, but standing out for Christ will pay off for all eternity. We are told to not be conformed to this world, but to be transformed by His Word (Rom. 12:2).
Not only should our lives speak to those around us, but we should talk about the gospel. I always get nervous about making people uncomfortable, but does being uncomfortable really matter when eternity is at stake? Imagine that person entering into eternity in hell and realizing that we could have told them how to be saved. That thought alone keeps me up at night, thinking of my shortcomings to those around me. In Matthew 9:37 we read, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few.” We can’t sit back and expect other believers to do the work of getting the gospel out to those in need. One day we will stand before our Savior—what if we have done nothing to share the gospel and tell others about their need of salvation? It’s a convicting thought, and I pray that we take seriously the task of spreading the gospel, as it could determine someone’s eternal destiny.
Farmers may have one season a year that’s focused on harvesting, but our labor as Christians is in every season. As we enjoy this beautiful fall season, may we all remember the harvest in a coming day, and not grow weary but honor Him through sharing the gospel.