Growing up in Florida, I was surrounded by orange groves, blueberry fields, and watermelon patches. Though I’ve never farmed anything, I had many friends who were involved in either the planting or harvesting of all the fruit central Florida has to offer. I had many friends with entire families working in planting and harvesting of fruit.
One such friend in junior high once came to school with new shoes and a nice, shiny belt buckle. I asked him where he got these things and he told me he bought them over the weekend with money he had made helping his family harvest watermelons. I was jealous! I would’ve loved to help his family harvest watermelons for the reward of extra spending money. But, I did not even know that it was watermelon season. I could not help because I was ignorant as to when the work needed to be done and therefore missed my opportunity.
Hopefully we will not likewise miss opportunities when it comes to evangelism. Jesus told his disciples in John 4:35-38, “Do you not say, ‘There are yet four months, then comes the harvest’? Look, I tell you, lift up your eyes, and see that the fields are white for harvest. Already the one who reaps is receiving wages and gathering fruit for eternal life, so that sower and reaper may rejoice together. For here the saying holds true, ‘One sows and another reaps.’ I sent you to reap that for which you did not labor. Others have labored, and you have entered into their labor” (ESV).
It is always soul season. If we think that we will only successfully evangelize on some undetermined future date, we will miss a plethora of great opportunities. The fields are white for harvest now and it is up to us whether we will work and be rewarded or miss a great opportunity and be disappointed. There are instances around us where the seed has already been sowed and we can labor and reap by capitalizing on those instances. Otherwise, we can continue to sow the seed of God’s Word—hoping and praying for it to land on fertile soil (see Lk. 8:5-15). Do not say the harvest is forthcoming. The harvest is now and all we have to do is faithfully work in the fields.