In the last post I mentioned that I’m dreaming of a white Christmas. Of course, I would love to have snow this Christmas. My children love snow. My wife loves snow. I love snow, at least for a little while and then I’m glad to see it go. One of my favorite holiday classics is the song “White Christmas.” The song wasn’t actually introduced in the film by the same name starring Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye. That musical was produced in 1954. Bing Crosby first sang the song in the less familiar holiday film entitled “Holiday Inn” produced in 1942. In that version Crosby sang it as a duet with Marjorie Reynolds.
Enough about the song. Yesterday, I mentioned that I was dreaming of a white Christmas and the whiteness of a pure heart.
2. I’m Dreaming of the Whiteness of a Plentiful Harvest
John 4:35 Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest. )
Matt. 9:37-38 Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few: Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest.
What do you see when you look on the fields? We see a world in turmoil. It doesn’t take a lot of research to find out how desperate the times really are. We see people today searching for meaning and purpose in their lives. We see unrest in their souls.
We see a continual longing for material satisfaction. As long as mankind seeks satisfaction in material things, that all elusive goal of satisfaction will remain just out of their reach. “How much money will it take to make you happy?” Always the answer is, “a little bit more.”
We see a world population around 6 billion people, most who have no real knowledge of Jesus Christ. We see a religious world, but a world at war with the true God.
We live in a world that has perverted God’s good gift of sex, given for one man and one woman in the union of marriage. Mankind has a distorted and completely selfish view of sex. The physical relationship between a man and a woman is now simply an animalistic act for personal satisfaction. It is frightening to consider what our children face in their future.
Times are changing–for the worst! Romans 1 has become a living commentary for our day. God says that there will be consequences for forgetting and ignoring God. Last year the number of people infected with HIV reached an all-time high of 40.3 million, that’s right MILLION people.
I spent about half an hour this morning reading statistic after statistic of depressing news concerning violence, abortion, murder, etc. I was again reminded of the fields that are “white unto harvest.”
What does Jesus mean when He says that the fields are “white unto harvest?” He means that the harvest is ready to be gathered. People are searching for answers, answers that only we who know Jesus Christ can give them. They are ready if we will simply obey.
Jesus says we are to (1) Lift Up Our Eyes. Where are your eyes? Are they only on yourself. Take a moment to really consider this first point. We will never see God’s harvest unless we take our eyes off of ourselves and notice others who are in need all around us. I remember the story of a famous preacher who looked out his window on the park below. He wept as his heart broke for the people. Someone asked him what was wrong. He replied, “There are so many of them and they are without Jesus.” When you go shopping for Christmas presents sometime this week, take a moment to deliberately look at all of the people around you. The reason for Christmas is not the gift that you are buying in that store. The reason for Christmas is the gift of Jesus Christ to all of the people around you. Those same people that you are complaining about in traffic or in long store lines. Slow down this holdiay season and take a moment to take your eyes off of yourself and (2) Look on the fields. Most of the people around us need the good news. They are searching for good news. Jesus said that the harvest is ready to be gathered. What a shame for the food to spoil because of a shortage of workers. Which leads us to the third admonition: (3) Labor for the Lord. Worker troubles is not something new to this generation. Even Jesus had trouble finding workers. We must pray for more workers, but we must get busy ourselves.
I’m Dreaming of the Whiteness of a Plentiful Harvest.