Saturday, September 08, 2007

Hi, how are YOU? :)

Well, it has been a whirlwind these past few weeks...a good whirlwind :). God is so good and gracious. His love is everflowing-overflowing it truly amazes me that His work is literally indescribable-so beyond my understanding (ok no blonde jokes here ;) ). I debated about how to share this, or whether to share, how much to share... but I do want to share this- how excited I am about what God is doing around here- His Word is Saving Lost Souls in a tremendous way. My friends, the harvest is RIPE (I know you know, but I am just discovering HOW RIPE it is!!)- people all around us are just waiting to hear the Gospel..the truth. The Holy Spirit has already been working in their hearts...the Lord needs willing Saints to share His Truth and reap the blessing of leading someone to Christ. The Lord has made it so obvious that it is all Him. If we ask the Lord with a humble and willing heart, He *will* allow you to cross paths with someone waiting to hear and willing to receive. I sense the nodding in agreement from all you soul winners - I know you know all this, but I am just so excited I want to say it again and again :)

I *love* sharing the Gospel-sure I get nervous-but I know it is worth it to be nervous but obedient than comfortable and not obedient. I love even more when those I am sharing with accept the truth and choose Christ as the payment for their sins-make Him Lord of their lives. It is like picking the ripe strawberries in a field where the gardener has so tirelessly laboured and then lovingly sends us out to pick the ripe juicy sweet fruit-but even better than that. It is an opportunity to enjoy the sweetness of His work -though I am incredibly unworthy. Most all of us have been laborers in the fields, some planting, some watering...pulling weeds etc. Yes, these are very necessary parts of tending to these fields. Why not show up for the harvest when the Lord leads? Don't let the beautiful fruit pass to someone else or worse, fall to the ground under the weight of its ripeness to be left for bugs to pick away at-those bugs being any variety of falseness. Someone else will probably approach them, yes, but what if it is a false teacher? Those false teachers are allll around and more than willing to share their poison with anyone. Romans 10:14-15 "How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!" We are to be heralds of the Gospel.

The harvest we bring in may even be from a field which we had no part of planting or laboring, but the Lord, to show us that it is all Him will allow us to pick the sweet fruit of a field in which we did not even labor. It is so humbling, but such a blessing when we obey His commandment to "GO". I am having trouble finding a way to really *share* how the Lord has worked in this area of my life and my husbands' without leaving room to be puffed up about it and possibly appearing to take credit for a work that God has Himself has done. But I will say this again...John 4:35 "Say not ye, There are yet four months, and [then] cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest." I added the bold for emphasis. Start as a silent praying partner in your church's visitation program, the Lord will show you how it is all Him...we are just mouths to share what is already in our hearts and lives...ask the Lord to fill your heart with the love and boldness you need and hide His word in your heart that you may more confidently share. I know I am "preaching" to the choir here- and I don't believe that women are to preach in church, but we are to proclaim the Gospel. A prayer that many of us have (thanks Pam :)) is Eph 6:19 "And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel,". God is so good to give us boldness to share His Word :). God is SO GOOD all the time.


Lula said...

Hi Heather!

I have just came back into the blogging world and came to your site yesterday...It took me a while to find you. I just wanted to say hello!!

Now I'll actually go and read your post :-)

Free In Christ said...

You are contagious--and I mean that in good way. I've missed you lately. Hope things are well.

Pam said...

Thank you for posting this, Heather. I love how you worded the analogies about the fields being ripe---very effective. I don't think it would make you sound puffed-up at all to tell us about the TWO SOULS that you have recently been allowed to lead to the Lord. (How's that for sparking everyone's interest?) ;) They are wonderful testimonies that everyone would receive a blessing to hear about! Thank you for being a faithful labourer for our precious LORD! Love you!!

liz said...

Very encouraging!

I missed you...