And Jesus, when he came out, saw much people, and was moved with compassion toward them, because they were as sheep not having a shepherd: and he began to teach them many things.

Mark 6:34

Preparing for Joyful Reaping!

The joy of reaping is always preceded by the job of sowing!  Many times we (as God’s people) deceive ourselves into thinking that we will somehow enjoy a bountiful harvest in the spiritual realm without engaging in the work of sowing the seeds.  No farmer who anticipates a bumper crop in the fall expects such a crop if he has neglected to sow any seeds in the spring.  As the psalmist says in Psalm 126:5, if we are going to ‘reap in joy’, we must first ‘sow in tears’.  Christ taught us by example what it means to sow in tears.  Mark 6:34 And Jesus, when he came out, saw much people, and was moved with compassion toward them, because they were as sheep not having a shepherd: and he began to teach them many things.  As we focus on getting ready for a ‘joyful reaping’, let’s make sure we ‘sow in tears’.  We can ‘sow in tears’ by communicating to the lost with our words (spoken or written), our actions (befriending them and inviting them to church and/or other activities) and our prayers (praying that God would open their eyes to their need of Christ)!  My prayer is that God would give each of us ‘a passion for souls’ and that each of us will “doubtless come again with rejoicing, bring his sheaves with him.”(Psalm 126:6b)

2021 Theme Verse

I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.  My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth.  Psalms 121:1-2