Matthew 9:37-38, “Then saith he to his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the laborers are few; Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth laborers into his harvest.”
John 9:4, “I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work.”
I have mentioned on several occasions, no one in my ministry, or in my work before that, has ever accused this preacher of being lazy or being a sluggard. I am not saying that at times I have not felt like being lazy, or being a lazy sluggard, nor that at times it is wrong to sit back and relax, because even the Lord Himself took a day of rest. When the Bible speaks of being a sluggard, it is not speaking of times of needed rest, but it is speaking of the sluggard who is supposed to be out plowing the field and yet is sitting his easy chair complaining about the cold. Of course, the first one to complain in the fall, the harvest time, because he has nothing, is the one who sat in his easy chair when he should have been working.
The Bible says, “the night cometh when no man can work.” The Bible also teaches that in all labor there is profit, and “he that worketh not, eateth not.”
The principle is certainly true, that if we are going to be reaping in the harvest, we must do the plowing in the springtime. Many lessons can be associated with this principle. For a young person, the time of plowing is plowing in the school, working hard at home, obeying his parent. For an adult, plowing the field is a continual process. The weather may be cold or it may be hot, it may be raining, it may be snowing, but our motto must be: work, for the night is coming. We are not saying that we are to be plowing the field constantly, because one farmer could say, “Well, look at all the plowing I’m doing,” and plow throughout the entire year, including the time of harvest. This, of course, will not produce a harvest in the fall. So often, we as Christians are reactionary in our labor. That is, we labor when it is required of us, and we tend to overdo it. In overdoing it, we fail to reap in the harvest, and we weep because we have nothing. Let us all be mindful of the fact that, as Christians we must continually be preparing for the harvest – sowing and tilling the ground, then we shall reap if we faint not.
Fall is the time of reaping – bringing in the harvest. Let us all prepare to be busy to prepare for this fall, laboring to bring in the harvest.
The works of Christ are a light, which enlightens the darkness of the world. Let me say that by “day” is meant the light, that is, the enlightening doctrine of the heavenly truth: and by “night” is meant the darkness which comes by darkness of the same doctrine.