Living in Iowa it is always enjoyably interesting to watch the crop process as the magical year-long calendar unfolds. The cultivating. The planting. The tending. The waiting on God for rain. And then the harvest.
This is one of the GodStory’s teaching metaphors because it is hard to escape our ultimate connection to the soil. Jesus taught it. Israel lived it. And the disciples embraced it. God is the ultimate Grower, and we are His harvest helpers – if we choose to be!
Today we are talking about 1 Peter 3 where we learn about some of the conditions surrounding the harvest of souls God is accomplishing on the surface of the earth. You can find some good notes under the New Ground link below. When we are living and breathing God into our part of the world it is not merely about the task of evangelism – it is about our connection into the world in which God has placed us.
You may also find the Snapshot except from the book Curious Journey helpful as you consider your own picture of “giving an answer for the hope that is within you.” And if you want to really dive in, I have included a study guide to the book of Acts, where you can see the Kingdom unfold in beautiful power.
1 Corinthians 3.9
“For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, God’s building.”
“Do you not say, ‘There are yet four months, and then comes the harvest’?
Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look on the fields, that they are white for harvest.”
Then He who sat on the cloud swung His sickle over the earth, and the earth was reaped.