To think about...
Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless. (Mother Teresa)
Family News
8 September 2019

At this time of year, unless you remain in an extremely urban environment, you will see the signs of Harvest. Huge combine harvesters are at work in the fields, reaping the golden wheat and barley, baling the straw and gathering the grain. For farmers it is the high point of their year, and a moment celebrated with thanksgiving in churches throughout the land. For us at Kingswood Congregational Church it will be on the first Sunday in October 2019.

But what about the spiritual harvest? When Jesus spoke about the Sower and the seed, He likened the Gospel to seed that was sown with the hope of a harvest. Some fell on good soil and produced much fruit, but other seed was less fortunate and there was little outcome, a reminder that Christian ministry can sometimes be hard work.

An early missionary to Iran, Robert Bruce, wrote this to his supporters back home: "I am not yet reaping a harvest, I am not yet sowing the seed. I am not even ploughing the soil, but I am pulling out the stones. This too is gospel work, and worthy of your prayers."

With this in mind, remember those who serve God faithfully in difficult and unresponsive situations, either overseas or here in post-Christian Britain. Some experience great success in ministry, for which we are grateful, and many churches experience times of growth, for which we give thanks to God. For others, though, they may well sow in tears before they can reap with songs of joy (Psalm 126:5-6).

What of your own situation? If you are enjoying a time of growth, be sure to recognise that it is God who gives the growth. But if the work is hard and disappointing, despite your best efforts, do not lose heart. The work is God's and we have only to be faithful.