Come Into the Harvest
Luke 9:23-24, 37; John 4:34-36, 15:5-8
What a privilege and honor to be called and used by God to do His will. Our calling is not to put our focus on this earth, nor is it to make the world a better place. Our calling is to follow Jesus Christ on a pilgrimage to heaven. In doing so, we will also fulfill God's purpose for our life along the journey. If the church fulfills this role, our communities and world will benefit greatly and will be a better place, but our focus is always ahead where God is leading. The greatest challenge is walking by faith and laying our life down for the purpose of the cross. This is also the most rewarding part of the Christian life. No one can be satisfied without laying down their life and walking in obedience. The one who trusts God and willingly sacrifices whatever it takes will always be satisfied even if they even if they lack in this world. Only when our hope and desire is eternal can we cling to the promise and command of Luke 9:
23 Then He said to them all, "If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me. 24 "For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will save it.
From the outside, the Christian life is always foolish. Only a fool would lose his life for the promise that God will one day restore it beyond what we can imagine. Only the person who has the desire to come after Jesus Christ will be able to deny themselves and take up that cross. It is not a one-time commitment, but a lifestyle of surrendering all. God is our reward. The world is dependent on things and circumstances, but the one who follows God will have peace and fulfillment regardless of what life throws. One day we will all look back down the road we have traveled. Those who have walked with God will be glad. I have said this before and I believe it is crucial to understand this - God does not call us to succeed, ach ...
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