This time of year, it seems there are harvest festivals everywhere. Towns celebrate that they’ve brought in enough food to feed their families and to sell. Most of us don’t live in rural areas where the size of harvest is a make or break time for families. We celebrate this time just the same though. It’s the start of cooler weather and beautiful colors throughout nature.
The Bible often refers to harvests as winning souls. It commands us as Christians to plant seeds in other people’s lives, to water them, and to harvest them. God is concerned with the harvest to worker ratio. If you don’t have enough workers to reap, some of the harvest is lost. But when we do reap a harvest of souls, all of Heaven has a harvest festival and erupts in celebration. They understand the importance of harvesting. It’s time we did as well.
To help us, I’ve compiled a list of scriptures talking about the harvest.
1. You know the saying, “Four months between planting and harvest.” But I say, wake up and look around. The fields are already ripe for harvest.
John 4:35 NLT
2. For as long as Earth lasts, planting and harvest, cold and heat, Summer and winter, day and night will never stop.
Genesis 8:22 MSG
3. From the fruit of his words a man shall be satisfied with good, and the work of a man’s hands shall come back to him [as a harvest].
Proverbs 12:14 AMP
4. A sensible person gathers the crops when they are ready; it is a disgrace to sleep through the time of harvest.
Proverbs 10:5 GNB
5. They weep as they go to plant their seed, but they sing as they return with the harvest.
Psalm 126:6 NLT
6. A farmer too lazy to plant in the spring has nothing to harvest in the fall.
Proverbs 20:4 MSG
7. They do not say from the heart, “Let us live in awe of the LORD our God, for he gives us rain each spring and fall, assuring us of a harvest when the time is right.”
Jeremiah 5:24 NLT
8. What a rich harvest your goodness provides! Wherever you go there is plenty.
Psalm 65:11 GNB
9. We are intimately linked in this harvest work. Anyone who accepts what you do, accepts me, the One who sent you. Anyone who accepts what I do accepts my Father, who sent me. Accepting a messenger of God is as good as being God’s messenger. Accepting someone’s help is as good as giving someone help. This is a large work I’ve called you into, but don’t be overwhelmed by it. It’s best to start small. Give a cool cup of water to someone who is thirsty, for instance. The smallest act of giving or receiving makes you a true apprentice. You won’t lose out on a thing.
Matthew 10:40-42 MSG
10. So pray to the Lord of the harvest to force out and thrust laborers into His harvest.
Matthew 9:38 AMP