“Open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest. Even now the reaper draws his wages, even now he harvests the crop for eternal life, so that the sower and the reaper may be glad together.”John 4:35-36
When first we come to new life in Christ, it is often because of a personal crisis. An external tragedy or trial, a “dark night of the soul” brought us individually to our knees. Once we become God’s children, however, we start to think more of others. We consider our brothers and sisters in Christ, the church, whom we can love and by whom we are loved. We pray for those who live in far off places, thinking of the persecuted church in more than just a passing way.
We also begin to think of the lost, of those who are still laboring under their burdens, and of those who are dead in their sin apart from God. They may live across the globe or right on our street. They may even be in our churches and in our own families.
Ezekiel was sent to proclaim God’s saving message to a valley of skeletons. Of course, this was a vision, but the Spirit will enable us to see those who need to hear the gospel. And God may astound us, too, when He miraculously revives them, as He did us who were once as dead in our sins as dried skeletons.
“Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” (Matthew 28:19)