THROUGH THE BIBLE IN THREE YEARS
Don’t shirk the work!
Fanny Crosby wrote a song called: TO THE WORK.
The first stanza goes like this:
"To the work! To the work! Let the hungry be fed;
To the fountain of life let the weary be led;
In the cross and its banner our glory shall be,
While we herald the tidings, “Salvation is free!”"
34 Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work.
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.
1 Cor 3:9
For we are labourers together with God: ye are God's husbandry, ye are God's building.
Two very important things these Scriptures teach us:
1) Our work is to do God's will,
2) Harvest time is here NOW.
Jesus said His work was to "do the will of Him that sent me, and to finish His work."
Jesus finished His work of providing for the redemption of man.
However, while Jesus was on earth, He was constantly focused upon evangelism of the lost.
Today, Christians are the "body of Christ" on earth (see 1Corinthians 12:27 and Ephesians 4:12).
Since we are His body on the earth, we are to do the will of God.
And God's will is to evangelize the lost.
It is our privilege to join God in His work!
It is also a responsibility of "the body of Christ."
Jesus said the field IS ripe.
He didn't say the field would someday be ripe.
Neither did He say the field used to be ripe.
Obviously He was not talking about the "harvest" of the end times (Revelation 14:15).
Jesus was talking about the harvest of the lost unto salvation.
He was speaking of bringing lost souls to a saving knowledge of Christ.
God has COMPLETED His work of paying the penalty for man's sin.
But He is not yet finished OFFERING salvation to the lost.
That work is an ongoing concern of the church!
God has prepared someone near you for hearing the gospel of Jesus Christ today.
God is being longsuffering and patient while we make His offer of salvation to the lost.
PRAY for laborers in the field.
BE a laborer in the field.