Posted by: critzpastor | August 30, 2008

Harvest Time!

 

What's missing?

What's missing?

You guessed it!  We went back to pick blueberries this morning, and the bushes/trees were still loaded. Three of us filled up a gallon each on just two bushes, and we left much more then we took.  It’s awesome and really fun.  We made it a family outing and then went to my 2nd office for lunch.

Last time we picked blueberries I took the picture above.  When I saw the gallon can sitting in the bushes with no one around it spoke volumes to me.  The harvest can not be gathered in by itself.  It takes the effort of those willing to actually go.  Isn’t that something about the harvest?  You almost always have to go, even if it’s just outside to the garden.

As we were getting ready to get started, Jackson made a visionary observation, he said, “I’m not going to ‘accidentally’ squeeze a blueberry between my fingers this time!”  WOW!  Even at such a young age he realizes that to be involved in the harvest you have to be sensitive.  Don’t damage the fruit!  You don’t yank, smash, drop or even toss the fruit.  You use care not to bruise, damage or manhandle.

To be honest we pick blueberries mostly for my benefit.  Jackson doesn’t indulge and Kristen just samples, but I dive in!  I love them.  On cereal, in pancakes, by the handful, it really doesn’t matter to me.

And even though my analogy is really stretched thin by now, it does still hold true.  When it comes to sharing the Good News of Jesus with others it is best done for the sake of love.  Even though this seems obvious, so many people “preach Jesus” for so many reasons other than love.  Many do it out of a sense of obligation, or because they feel compelled.  Others share Jesus because they love him or want to rescue “the lost” from hell.  But why should  we share this Good News?

How about love, but not out of our love of Jesus only.  How would it be if we reached out to these “lost sheep” because of our love for them?  How would that be different?  How would it be conveyed to the ones we are trying to reach, if they were seen as hurting and lost individuals in need of hope?  How would it be different if we didn’t see them as numbers?  Who would we speak to or reach out to, if love was the only motive?

What was that second commandment that Jesus said was the support for all the law and prophets?  Oh yeah, “Love your neighbor as yourself ….”

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Responses

  1. This is such a true observation, and spoke to me a lot. Thanks for sharing.


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