Summary: A sermon over Harvesting the crop.

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A Time for Harvest

A. Introduction

1. As most of you know, I enjoy running. I usually

run a couple miles day and I do this because I

find it relaxing.

2. I get to see some of the most wonderful things

when I run.

a. Sometimes I get to see beautiful sunrises.

b. Sometimes I get to see beautiful sunsets.

c. Sometimes I see deer playing in the field.

d. Sometimes I get chased by dogs.

e. But one thing that I always do is take in the

beauty of what God has surrounded me with.

f. And it was on run earlier this week that I

noticed something different about my


g. Not only could I see the difference but I

could smell the difference.

3. The difference is that it is now harvest time.

a. A time when the farmers work around the clock,

16, 17, 18 hours a day to bring in the crops.

b. Harvest season is a time to reap what you have


4. Today, I want to talk to you about a couple of

different things. I want to talk to you about

what harvest season means, what the bible says

about harvesting, and about how you can improve

the way you harvest.

B. Scripture – Galatians 6:9

1. Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the

proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not

give up.

C. What does it mean to harvest?

1. Webster’s dictionary defines harvesting as the

gathering in of ripe crops or fodder.

2. But we all know that there is more to it than

that, don’t we.

3. Harvesting is hard, dirty work.

4. As a farmer your whole livelihood depends on it.

5. Harvesting can bring great joy if the yield is

abundant but can bring great sorrow if it is not.

6. Harvesting can bring great satisfaction as well.

You see the fruits of your labor before your very

eyes. You see the seed that you planted grow

until it is fully mature and ready for the

harvest. The seed that you spent so much time

with, nurturing, watering, and protecting by

every means at your disposal.

7. Harvesting a crop is more than just reaping the

benefits. It is long, hard days of sacrifice.

Sacrificing time and money.

8. But why do you do it? You do it because it is all

worth. It is worth it to see the fruits of your

labor. It is worth it to see all the hard work

that you poured into something pay off in the end.

9. Harvesting is very hard but well worthwhile.

10. Now we have talked a lot about what harvesting

means to us but what does Jesus say about

harvesting. It is actually pretty interesting.

D. What does the bible say about harvesting?

1. Luke 10:2-3 – He told them, “The harvest is

plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord

of the harvest, to send out workers into his

harvest field. Go! I am sending you out like

lambs among wolves.”

2. What is Jesus talking about here? He says that

the harvest is plentiful but the workers are few.

What is he talking about? What is the harvest?

Let’s read John 4:27-28 and see if this helps.

3. John 4:27-36

4. Jesus tells us that the harvest is plentiful and

the fields are ripe for the harvest. But the

workers are few.

5. What if you had a really good year in farming and

when harvest season rolled around, you had so

much abundance of the crops that you could not

keep up. No matter how hard you tried you could

not get all the crops in. How would you feel?

Well even though you still made more money than

last year, you would still be a little

disappointed wouldn’t you. Why? Because you would

have seen all the other crops that you were ready

to harvest but you couldn’t get to. You would be

sad because you didn’t reach them all.

6. This is what Jesus is talking about. He is

telling us that there are so many people out

there that lost.

a. People are looking for the light.

b. They are looking for a hope.

c. And if we don’t reach them first, it is just

a matter of time before they go the wrong way

or possibly just pass away.

d. Jesus has no desire to see any parish.

Because he loves us all.

e. He tells us that the harvest is plentiful and

this is true.

7. We all know someone who is not a Christian. Maybe

we work with them, maybe they are a family

member, maybe they are a good friend, or maybe

they are just a friend of a friend. The point is

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