Reaping the Harvest

19 They arrived at Ephesus, where Paul left Priscilla and Aquila. He himself went into the synagogue and reasoned with the Jews. 20 When they asked him to spend more time with them, he declined. 21 But as he left, he promised, “I will come back if it is God’s will.” Then he set sail from Ephesus. 22 When he landed at Caesarea, he went up to Jerusalem and greeted the church and then went down to Antioch. Acts 18:19-22

Those in the synagogues wanted Paul to spend more time with them. Why? Probably because he spoke with authority about a man who had changed his life. They were as Jesus said while He was still on earth, “sheep without a shepherd.” They needed guidance and instruction. Some of them were Believers; many were seekers. It’s a nice problem to have if you’re an itinerant evangelist.

The Holy Spirit was moving, not just where Paul was, but throughout the region. People were praying; seeds were being planted (and had been planted long long ago), and Paul was just helping to bring in the harvest.

Times are different. The Gospel is still the same. The fields are still “white unto harvest,” as Jesus said (John 4:35), but the reaping is limited.

These are confusing times. Still, many people are seeking God. They act that out in different ways, but they still seek Him.

Lord, we know these people exist, so we ask that you would lead us to the people who are hungry for you. Give us words during those times.

Amen.

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