HARVESTERS     by Pastor Paul Locke

Jesus said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few.  Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” (Mtt 9:37-38)  There is a difference between being a witness and a harvester, as the witness bears witness and the harvester takes in the crop.  Any salesman will tell you that talking about the product is part of the process, but to make a sale is to close.  You have nothing until you seal the deal.

People go to hell knowing the Gospel just like the devil knows but can not confess.  To benefit from the Gospel one has to “confess with their mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in their heart that God raised Him from the dead.”(Rm 10:9)  Most people think that just to believe is enough but Apostle Peter made it clear that there is more.  He said, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sin.” (Acts 2:38)

A Harvester is a fisher of men, he catches them and guts them and the Church cooks them.  Cleaning fish to a Harvester is easy, but for the Church it is smelly work.  This is the reason those harvested must be baptized in the Holy Spirit immediately, this is the cleaning process, the cooking is the perfecting.  Understanding what Peter said is the key for a Harvester.  When he told them to repent it means water baptism or a sinner’s prayer.  Then he told them to be baptized meaning baptism of the Holy Spirit by the laying of hands.  Without repentance there can be no baptism, the Gift of the Holy Spirit. (Acts 2:38-39)

An uncleaned fish will go off quickly, or in other words the demons that were cast out, return. (Mtt 12:43-45)  To a church this person is a disruptive influence that can be harmful to the flock.  They are wolves in sheep’s clothing and unaware of the state they are in.  They are told by ignorant people that they are born again simply because they believe and this confuses the world about the meaning of born again.  When one receives a miracle from on high the Holy Spirit enters in His fullness; not just a seal or deposit.  The fruit of the Spirit can be seen by everyone in the same way you tell a tree by the fruit.

Harvesters harvest the seed and then sow the seed back into the harvest in prayer expecting a hundredfold return.  The Holy Spirit leads this person who is now His disciple, to fellowship in a church.  If you can trust Jesus to save you then surely you can trust Him to find you a church.  If a church wants to grow then they should pray in addition to committing someone to do harvest work.   This is the reason for the verses, “do not muzzle the oxen grinding the grain.” (1Cor 9:9)

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