The first of His Harvest


By: carole l. haines

I am a rescuer of many different things.  I believe this is part of how God has made me in His image.  If I find a flower that has somehow been pulled out of the ground, exposing its roots, and leaving it withered.  I pick up that flower, run a cup of cool water and place that baby in there.  When it has had a long cool drink, and I see that it has unfurled its withered leaves, I wait another day or so, to give it time to strengthen its roots, then I replant it in the ground.  I have ended up with 5 cats because of this heart of mine.  The last one was a little lost Tomcat that nobody claimed from all the advertisements that we put out.  So, Yup! He’s a Haines kitty now.  I have my limits, though, 5 is my limit on kitties.  But God has no limits as to how many people He will rescue, redeem and restore. His Word shows us His Precious, Redeeming Heart:

But do not let this one fact escape your notice, beloved, that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years like one day. The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance. (2 Peter 3:8-10)

In our super-charged political atmosphere right now, I have heard many say that they want Jesus to come back right now.  Absolutely, but there are still so many that are looking for God, wanting His redemption, His salvation, His love.  God is not slow; He doesn’t want a single person who will surrender to His love to be lost.  So we must stay in this super-charged atmosphere, and hold out the Great News about God’s Redemptive Love to any and all who will come. God’s plan from the beginning was to save the world. “Israel was holy to the Lord, The first of His harvest.” (Jeremiah 2:3) God’s plan of Redemption was always for ALL mankind, not just one group, or some of us.  The choice is in our hands, to receive His gift of grace and forgiveness, or to refuse it.  We as believers have a call to keep holding out that Redemptive Call until Jesus comes back.  Jesus Himself said, 37 , “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. 38 Therefore beseech the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into His harvest.” (Matthew 9:37-38) We are those laborers. We are those workers.  We are only part of the Harvest, even as Beautiful Israel was the first of it.  His harvest is still out there, I have seen a part of the world where they are reaching and crying out for Jesus, coming to Him in droves.  Praise to the Lord of the Harvest, for His Redemptive Love and His Promises that never fail. Let us lift up Jesus’ Holy Name wherever we find ourselves like a banner of God’s Love.

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