The Love Of The Harvest (2 Of 4) by James Merritt

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THE HARVEST SERIES (2 OF 4) JOHN 4:34-38
DR JAMES MERRITT

“THE LOVE OF THE HARVEST”


INTRODUCTION

1. WE ALL KNOW THE NAME BILLY GRAHAM. HE HAS
SPOKEN PUBLICLY ABOUT JESUS CHRIST, AND PREACHED
THE GOSPEL TO MORE PEOPLE THAN ANY PERSON IN HUMAN
HISTORY. HE IS EASILY ONE OF THE MOST RECOGNIZABLE
AND FAMOUS PEOPLE ON THE FACE OF PLANET EARTH. IF
ANYBODY KNOWS ANYTHING ABOUT THE HARVEST, IT IS
BILLY GRAHAM. BILLY GRAHAM SAID THIS:

THE EVANGELISTIC HARVEST IS ALWAYS
URGENT. THE DESTINY OF MEN, AND OF
NATIONS, IS ALWAYS BEING DECIDED. EVERY
GENERATION IS STRATEGIC. WE ARE NOT
RESPONSIBLE FOR THE PAST GENERATION, AND
WE CANNOT BEAR THE FULL RESPONSIBILITY
FOR THE NEXT ONE; BUT WE DO HAVE OUR
GENERATION. GOD WILL HOLD US RESPON-
SIBLE AS TO HOW WELL WE FULFILL OUR
RESPONSIBILITIES TO THIS AGE, AND TAKE
ADVANTAGE OF OUR OPPORTUNITIES.1

2. WE ARE STANDING ON THE THRESHOLD OF WHAT COULD
BE THE GREATEST INGATHERING OF SOULS FOR THE LORD
JESUS CHRIST, IN THE HISTORY OF THE CHURCH. AT THIS
MOMENT MORE PEOPLE ON PLANET EARTH ARE LOST AND
WITHOUT CHRIST THAN EVER BEFORE IN HUMAN HISTORY.
THIS WORLD IS RIPE FOR THE TAKING.

3. THE OPPORTUNITY FOR MISSIONS, EVANGELISM, SOUL-
WINNING, AND KINGDOM GROWING, IS UNPRECEDENTED.
THERE ARE MORE OPEN DOORS IN MORE COUNTRIES TO
PREACH THE GOSPEL THAN EVER BEFORE. HERE IN
AMERICA, CRIME, DRUGS, ABORTION, EUTHANASIA,
HOMOSEXUALITY, THE BREAKUP OF THE FAMILY, HAVE ALL
COMBINED TO GIVE US THE MOST DEPRESSED,
DISCOURAGED, DISILLUSIONED CULTURE IN OUR NATION’S
HISTORY.

4. THE QUESTION IS NOT “IS THERE AN OPPORTUNITY?” BUT
“WILL WE SEIZE THE OPPORTUNITY?” SOMEONE HAS SAID
THERE ARE FOUR THINGS THAT NEVER RETURN: THE WORD
THAT IS SPOKEN, THE ARROW THAT IS SHOT, THE LIFE THAT
IS PAST, AND THE OPPORTUNITY THAT IS NEGLECTED.

5. WELL, THE LORD JESUS NEVER FAILED TO SEIZE EVERY
OPPORTUNITY TO BE A PART OF THE HARVEST. IN JN. 4
JESUS MET A WOMAN AT A WELL, AND SEIZED THE
OPPORTUNITY TO BRING THAT WOMAN INTO THE KINGDOM OF
GOD. HE DID IT TO TEACH US THAT THERE ARE MEN AND
WOMEN AT WELLS EVERYWHERE, THIRSTY FOR A LIVING
WATER, AND JUST WAITING FOR SOMEONE TO TAKE THAT
OPPORTUNITY TO GIVE THEM THAT LIVING WATER AND TO
SATISFY THEIR THIRST FOR ALL ETERNITY.

6. NOW THE ONLY WAY YOU WILL EVER GET EXCITED
ABOUT THE HARVEST IS IF TWO THINGS HAPPEN: 1) YOU’VE
GOT TO SEE THE POSSIBILITY OF THE HARVEST; AND 2)
YOU’VE GOT TO SEIZE THE OPPORTUNITY OF THE HARVEST.
WITH THOSE TWO THOUGHTS IN MIND, I’M GOING TO GIVE
YOU THREE THINGS THAT OUGHT TO FIRE YOUR HEART UP
HOTTER THAN THE SUN TO BE A PART OF THE HARVEST. IT
INCLUDES FOOD, FIELDS, AND FRUIT.

I. THE FOOD THAT SHOULD ACTIVATE US

1. REMEMBER THE CONTEXT OF THIS STORY. IT WAS
A HOT SUMMER’S DAY SHORTLY AFTER TWELVE O’CLOCK
NOON. JESUS AND HIS DISCIPLES HAD BEEN TRAVELING
NORTH FROM JERUSALEM. THEY WERE PASSING ...


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