It is harvest time in good old Kansas and the example of farming has always been a great way to share the truths of who God is and who we are meant to be. We are told we will reap what we sow. We are told to plant our seeds in good soil. We are told that harvest is plentiful but the workers are few (Matthew 9:37).
That last one is hitting home particularly for me in this season of my life. The transition here has been hard but God has been so faithful. We finally sold our house in Emporia and as of writing this blog post I have officially eclipsed my 25% support raising goal! With that goal being met I start this week training to be a Shift Lead in the cafe. I will get to spend more time engaging students and sharing their hurts, struggles, dreams, and triumphs. The lesson that God has been teaching me in the past few months is that the harvest is indeed plentiful. There is always work to be done but there is an abundant harvest waiting for us if we are willing to do the work. I have, up until now, always taken that verse as there is a lot of work to be done for God and not enough people to do it. Although I think that is certainly a part of the meaning of that verse it has taken on a new meaning for me as I have begun to really dig into who God is and how He is changing how He and I communicate.
Through some encouragement and challenge from various people in my life I have taken up the challenge of reading through the whole bible in the last 90 days of the year. I am humbled and excited to share I am currently on track to finish and it has been such a blessing being intentional in spending time every day digging into the word. My mood has shifted to a much more positive direction, I am feeling more connected to God, and I have a confidence in what He is doing in my life that I have been lacking as of late. I am excited to continue in this challenge and am eager to see how God continues to reveal more of Himself and His will as I put in the work.
This is the new side of that scripture I am seeing. Gods blessings (his harvest) is plentiful but there are not many who are willing to do the work to harvest those blessings. His blessings are available and ready for us. We still have to do the work to receive the benefit and reward that the harvest offers but if we do the work we reap the rewards.
That is my encouragement to all of you reading this. Press into God and do the work. I promise you that the work and effort will not return void. In fact God promises this in 2 Corinthians 9:10.
“Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness.”
He will enlarge the harvest guys. We still have to do the work but the reward will be more than we can hope for. Keep up to the good work you are doing and thank you again to all of you who have supported myself and the rest of the Cafe Barnabas family as we strive to do the work that God has set for us to do here in Topeka, KS.