Campuses all over our state are coming back to life this week as students begin a new year of school. We're excited about their return. We're hopeful that we can impact their lives this year, but are we confident? Jesus says to the disciples in John 4:35, "I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest" (NIV).
Jesus tells us there is a harvest. Do we believe him? Unfortunately many in our churches do not. When someone comes to Christ they are astonished. Decisions for Christ should be expected because we trust that what the Lord of the Harvest has told us is true. When did we start believing the lie of the enemy that no one wants to hear, or that no one will say "yes"?
Why would you go to work in a harvest when you don't believe the harvest exists? This is the harvest catch-22. Jesus says to the disciples, "I will make you fishers of men" because he knew there would be men who would want to follow Him. We must lead students to believe his words. There is a harvest.
We lead students to believe in the harvest by showing them the harvest. Many students don't believe there is a harvest because they have never seen it. Take students with you to share the gospel and be sure you ask for a response. Sharing without asking for a response sends the subtle message that we assume someone will say "no." They might say "no," but they might say "yes." Jesus said so.
Do you believe there is a harvest? Before we can lead students to believe there is a harvest we must believe it ourselves. If you are honest with yourself, do you believe there is a harvest? Take Jesus at his word, and confidently share the gospel with others. Your confidence will be contagious.
If you need some help, check out this great resource on gospel appointments. and the book Breaking the Huddle, which we review here.
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