Harvest Lights – by Pastor Nate Huber

Welcome to October, church family! Fall is finally in full swing, the leaves are changing colors, the smell of pumpkin spice can be found just about everywhere and hopefully there will be a little apple picking in your future. However, with the arrival of the harvest season I can’t help but think that, in the day and age we live in, God is looking for a harvest from His church. This is a harvest with the sound of fresh repentance, the flavor of righteousness, the smell of godliness and where ultimately the fruit is people coming to Jesus. Matthew 9:38 says, “Therefore pray to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.” As Christians we share the desire to see people get their lives right with God, but I think that sometimes it’s being a “laborer in the harvest” for God.

 It’s not always easy to throw our hat in the ring and try to make a difference in someone’s life for the gospel. I know that in my life, the people I have had the hardest time sharing the gospel with are those I know and see on a regular TheJoyoftheHarvest-Themebasis. However, let’s not forget that it’s often not our words that impact the people closest to us but rather, our lives being lived to please our Father in heaven. After all, in Matthew 5:13-16, Jesus calls us salt and light, and both salt and light don’t have to work to be anything more than what they already are. Have you ever lit a candle in a dark room? From the moment the smallest flame is lit, the darkness runs. It hides behind anything it can because it has no power over the light. As followers of Christ we don’t have to try to be anything more than we already are. If we are spiritual salt and light to the world around us, the world will inevitably change. It is my prayer that as a church family we never forget to shine before all men and that we live our lives as J. R. R. Tolkien said, as “lights in dark places, when all other lights go out.” As we enjoy this harvest season, let’s not forget that the true harvest is gathered by our light shining before all creation.