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Harvest Reaping!
Christian Devotional by Pastor Cecil Thompson

Cecil Thompson

Matthew 13:8-9

"Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop—a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown. He who has ears, let him hear."

One of my greatest delights is to stand in the middle of a large tomato patch with luscious ripe tomatoes all around me just begging to be eaten. I never let them down!

For the past two days I have used the titles: “Seed Sowing” and “Weed Pulling.” Today it is “Harvest Reaping.” Fantastic! I love the concept of harvesting. It is such a joyous time of celebrating.

I must confess I usually feel guilty participating in the harvest without doing any of the work to bring it about. I sometimes imagine the cultivating, planting, hoeing and watering that result in a bountiful harvest.

Over the years I have had the blessing of leading individuals to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. Frequently they are more than ready to pray the sinners prayer and give their hearts to the Lord.

As we visit following their decision, I often hear about how others have witnessed to them and prayed for them across the years. It may be a parent, grandparent or friend, but there had been a seed planted. I just had the joy of harvesting.

If you have read these Daily-E-Votionals for any time at all, you will know that I strike hard at the sin of pride. Spiritual pride is especially obnoxious. It is one of those weeds that we talked about yesterday.

It is almost as if some Christians delight in counting how many people they have led to the Lord. To me that is tragic! The Lord has called all of us to work in His fields. We may plow, sow, water or reap—but it is what the Lord calls us to do— not what we choose to do ourselves that counts.

It is my prayer that when I get to heaven, some joyous soul will greet me with a great smile and say, “You never knew it, but something you said (or did) made me realize I needed the Lord in my life. Years later I accepted Jesus. Thank you!”

God needs workers in His fields. Will you accept His call and make yourself available to Him?

Blessings dear hearts. Draw near to God today, trust Him completely and be a blessing!

--- Pastor Cecil


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