We have heard either by a message from some evangelist or from the Holy Spirit that it is indeed harvest time. What does that mean for you? What does that mean for me? God is bringing the prodigal sons home and bringing those that were never in God’s house home where they belong.
As I was reading the story of the prodigal son, I had many reactions. One of my reactions was the greatness of our Father’s love that He would welcome home a son so elegantly that had squandered all of his Father’s inheritance. And yet, we read of the parable of the talents that says that the Father honors the one who did not squander what he was given but caused it to grow. You can read the story of the prodigal son in Luke 13:11-32. And you can read the parable of the talents in Matthew 25:14-30.
As I ponder these two scriptures, I realize that there are still consequences for squandering what the Lord would give to us. But there are two points that I wanted to make in these two scriptures. First of all, the Father celebrates every time a sinner comes home to Jesus and the Father’s house. We too must celebrate those that are coming home. We praise God for every one of them. But, I was drawn to the second part of that story where the older son looked on as the Father celebrated the younger son and realized that his attitude was one that many of us who have served for many, many years have to deal with. The one thing that struck me was that there was great bitterness of heart in the older son because he was not being celebrated in the way the younger son was celebrated. How many of us get resentful of another’s party, celebration, or attention?
As I was pondering this I realized that the last thing that the Father was saying was “son, you have always been with me and everything that I have is yours.” Stop and think about that for a while if you have ever been offended over someone who you think should not get honor, or attention and you think that you deserve it more. The Father is saying that the whole universe and all of who He is and does is ours to find and to enjoy.
How many pleasures are there to enjoy? The supply is endless. And of course, we all know that none of us deserve even the slightest attention from the Father because we have all grieved Him in ways that only we know. But, the Father is saying that we have access to all of His goodness, joy, peace, love, riches, power, strength, pleasure, faith, and the list goes on and on. When we think about these things, can we not be grateful for the celebration of those coming home and for the angels in heaven celebrating?
It is indeed harvest time. I want to celebrate what the Father is celebrating and at the same time I need to be ready to accept all of the love, passion, peace, joy, pleasure that He wants to bestow on me. Now, I realize that I can block those blessings if I allow jealousy, or bitterness, or offense to creep into my thinking. I and all of us must keep our minds on those things and promises that the Father has given to us and “taste and see that the Lord is good.”
As we keep our minds fully focused on Him and allow Him to bring us into His secret places, we will be fully ready to celebrate and also to participate in this great harvest that is now upon us. Let’s rejoice, for our brothers and sisters that do not know the Lord are coming home to also enjoy the good things that the Father has for us. They are all over the world. The harvest is ripe, but the laborers are few. Let us be about our Father’s business.
Written by: Joyce Euren, handmaiden of the Lord