Summary: God is looking for faithful laborers for His harvest field.
JOKE OF TEXAS A & M
A young man graduates from Texas A&M,
with his degree in agriculture,
and sets out to start his own chicken farm.
First week he bought 1000 chicks, plowed 100 acres of land,
planted the chicks feet first and watered them daily.
To his surprise they died.
Realizing his mistake he went out again and bought 1000 chicks,
planted them head first this time,
and watered them with Miracle Grow.
Once again they died.
He was very upset, and sent an angry letter to his alma matter,
explaining all his work, and how his 2000 chicks had died.
He wanted them to explain this failure.
Finally he go his reply, and opened the letter. It said
We are amazed that one of our graduates
could make such a glaring and stupid mistake.
We cannot possibly help you
until you first send us a soil sample.
We may think this is a funny joke.
We would never be that backward about sowing and harvesting.
But there is a harvest we know very little about.
Watching our work some may wonder about us.
Jesus said THE HARVEST IS PLENTIFUL
In a news report on the drought in the west
one farmer said his grandfather worked hard
and was proud when he could harvest 100 acres.
Now he and his brother are each able to harvest
over 25,000 acres.
One of the elders at the Benton Christian Church in Benton Pennsylvania is a dairy farmer.
He says that when his grandfather was a young man
there were over 30 dairy farms in the area.
Today there are only 3,
yet they produce the same quantity of milk
they did 50 years ago.
Yet modern technology doesn’t come close
to the image Jesus is trying to give to us.
Jesus is creating an image
of a harvest so great that it boggles our mind.
The harvest is all around us,
bountiful, overflowing, ripe and ready to
Imagine someone planting a garden without paths
just scattering seeds over every inch
and everything grew, every plant bore fruit.
You couldn’t reach the fruits and vegetables
in the center of the garden
without stepping on and crushing others to get to it.
More than you could imagine harvesting.
But everything doesn’t come up at once,
there’s always something coming up,
some ready to pick,
some just setting,
but there’s always something to harvest.
This is the image Jesus is trying to express when he says
The Harvest is Plentiful
But we must ask “ What is the Harvest”?
That it is abundant we understand,
but what is it?
When Jesus called a fisherman named Peter from his nets
“Follow me and I will make you fishers of men?”
The harvest is the harvest of human souls.
Peter spoke of this work in his second letter where he said
“The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as
some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not
wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to
As Paul puts it
“In Christ, God was reconciling the world to
himself, not counting their trespasses against them. and
entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. So we are
ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through
The harvest is out there,
it is right in front of our eyes.
All we have to do is look around to see lost souls looking for
hope reassurance comfort peace
They are so desperate they will seek it anyplace they can
work money power prestige
even alcohol and drugs addiction and prostitution
But it never satisfies them
No matter where they seek to plant themselves
its barren land.
keep trying, keep looking,
keep striving to answer that longing.
It is these Jesus said are ripe for the kingdom.
Communism was touted as paradise for the masses,
that the new state would meet their needs,
and religion would be seen for what it is “the opium of the
But when Pope John Paul II visited a few years ago
people came out in thousands
to hear what he had to say
to seek what he had to bestow
to receive what he had to offer
The thousands repented of their sin
and received Jesus Christ in to their lives.
Baptisms were done by the 100s during the week.
From that time they began to return to the churches,
and to fill the pews
not just of the Catholic church,
but also of the Baptists
and the Methodists,
and the Pentecostals... All the churches of Cuba.
In the one short week of his visit,
the Pope had more impact on that island nation
than Castro had all his life as its dictator.
Why? Because people were hungry, and they were fed