Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Harvest Workers

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Harvest Workers

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HOW well I remember harvesting on the farm where I grew up. There was a crispness in the air and a crispness in the way we went about making ready the harvesting equipment. There would be no squandering these crops!

Christ Jesus used the harvest as an image for the spiritual work we have to do. John's Gospel records that he said, "Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest. And in Luke's Gospel we read his words "The harvest truly is great, but the labourers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth labourers into his harvest.

I sometimes think of this harvest as God's Word so taking hold of someone's affections that he or she drops ungodlike ways of thinking and living and accepts His way. So many of earth's people are looking for something better than materialism that we can begin to see that the fields "are white already to harvest. Whether they know it or not, people are hungry for spirituality!

But what about the workers? Have you ever thought of yourself as a laborer in the harvest? That is, have you ever felt ready to help others learn more about the true God and their own eternal relationship to Him?

It might be tempting to think we are unqualified for work in this harvest. But, as we glimpse even a little of our own precious relationship to God and allow that to convert our own heart, we are qualified to share what we've learned with others. It doesn't take years or intellectual achievements, but a willing heart made ready to hear and understand God.

Many want to know more of the Bible, of God and of man as God's child. Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, says in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures: "Millions of unprejudiced minds--simple seekers for Truth, weary wanderers, athirst in the desert--are waiting and watching for rest and drink. …

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