Sunday, August 30, 2009

Harvest is Ready

As harvest approaches, I am reminded again how God loves object lessons. In the song America the Beautiful the writer states, "O beautiful for spacious skies, for amber waves of grain." He must have been writing about Eastern Montana. That definately fits here! It is so lovely this time of year, with acres and acres of wheat swaying in the breeze.

Before I moved to the country though, wheat harvest didn't make sense to me. Some called it "amber waves", some called it "ripe", sometimes it was mentioned as "too green", and the Bible called a ready-to-harvest wheat field "white". It might has well been explained in Chinese!

When it comes down to it though, it depends on the type of wheat. A lot of the wheat grown where I live is very green at the start of summer, then it ripens to a golden or "amber" color. Then, right before harvest the field literally turns white. -That's when you harvest. Right then! If you wait, the wheat overripens and is good only for chicken feed.

Amazing huh? God told us to not wait, but to gather the harvest of unbelievers, because the field is white, ready for harvest. If you and I wait... it could be too late for the old lady down the street, the cashier at the SuperPumper, and the little boy who comes to Bible Club. You never know when their time on earth will be done, when death will knock on their door. Will it be your fault they didn't go to heaven?

"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

Monday, August 24, 2009

Cleaner than the Environment

Today, as I was picking lettuce for my mom, the Lord brought this verse to mind:

But let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay: for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil.
Matthew 5:37

Mom told me to make sure I washed the lettuce real good because, though it looks clean outside, it is very dirty. -Even though it looks better than the dirt and weeds it's surrounded by, when it is washed with water, it looks filthy!

Sometimes, my Christian testimony is the same... Though my language may be cleaner than those around me, when it is "washed" in the water of God's Word, it's really dirty. How is your language? God said that every idle word will be judged. Perhaps there's some words that really don't need to be said, or should be taken out of your vocabulary. Don't judge it by those around you. Judge your words by God's Word, for His standard is the only one that matters. -And God will honor those that follow His Word!

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Family CD

It is great to watch God work sometimes. This is the cover for the CD that our family just put together. Since this summer is the last time we may be together as a family, a church gave us a gift to get recorded. Praise the Lord! May the Lord use it to His honor and glory.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Berry Picking

It's berry picking time here at the Sutton farm! Raspberries, blackberries, currants and cherries, all waiting to be made into jam, pies, or ice-cream. Since I have picked berries since childhood, I often take for granted that we can. Choosing carefully only the biggest and the best berries for my bucket, I leave the rest for the birds. Because of the cool air and plenteous rain, we have some great berries!

Then it occurred to me that we get to pick berries because we planted them. Not only did we plant the berries, but we planted the right kind of berries. Now after a great deal of time we are able to reap the berries. Wow! Really if you think about it, our Christian life is the same way. You will reap. In fact, you will reap exactly the same kind of fruit you planted. And, to add to that, you will definitely reap it after a great deal of time.

What kind of fruit are you planting? Are you planting seeds for fruit that only the birds will want, or are you planting seeds for big, juicy, godly fruit? Remember, you will reap after a great deal of time. Be faithful. Don't give up. It will be worth the work and the wait!