We've now lived on a farm for the past 6 months. Our house is surrounded by a 168 acre field of potatoes, and across the street is a pasture filled with cattle. Down the road is a hay field. And everywhere else we look we see corn, wheat, barley, beans, and more.
I grew up surrounded by farming, but I never really paid attention to how the whole operation works. I just knew guys got out in the fields on their tractors and when the sun started to shine, things grew. But this year I've been able to watch it all. I've watched the dirt get turned for the first time. The seeds get planted. The water turned on. The crops start to grow. The crop dusters fly. The fields are cared for constantly, making sure that everything is just right. And now, it's time for harvest.
I am especially excited for harvest.
Harvest is a unique season. There's a new kind of excitement in the air. Around the farm you can feel it. Everyone knows, that if all continues to go well, that all the hard work will pay off. The men are busy on their tractors from early morning to late at night. Trucks full of grain are regularly passing by the house filled with fresh barley from the fields. The workers are relatively few, but the harvest is certainly plentiful.
Many people have asked us why we came to Twin Falls. They are curious why we think the city needs another church and why we can't just join one that already exists? Those are certainly good questions. And I know I could have hours long conversations debating why we should or shouldn't be in Twin Falls, Idaho. But we're here. And there are two simple reason why.
First, we simply believe God has called us here. Twin Falls was not our first choice for a city to start a church in. There are many other places that would have been "cooler" "more fun" or more "strategic." At least in my own mind. But this is the city God chose to break our hearts for. It's the city we grew up in. It's the city we know. It's the city we love. It's the city we want to see transformed by the gospel of Jesus Christ.
The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.
Second, we believe there is a huge harvest in Twin Falls just waiting to be harvested. And we believe more laborers are needed for that harvest. I know this because I've been involved with other local church and I've talked with the local pastors, and all of them say the same thing; "We need more workers." Jesus himself said, "The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest" (Matthew 9:37-38).
So here we are. We're ready to work. And we're ready to equip others to get to work!
I'm excited about the harvest God has in store. It's a harvest that belongs, not to one single local church, but rather to the one who is the Head of the Church, Jesus Christ. So I'm happy to join with other churches in Twin Falls to do the long and hard work of laboring for the harvest of the Lord!
To God alone be the glory!