“You know the saying, ‘Four months between planting and harvest.’ But I say, wake up and look around. The fields are already ripe for harvest.”~Jesus, John 4:35 (New Living Translation)
When the subject of “evangelism” is brought up, most Christians freeze-up at the thought and begin to recite familiar excuses: “Isn’t that the work of the evangelist?” “I thought that was what we pay the pastor to do.” “I don’t feel qualified to share my faith with others.” “I really don’t know what to say.”
And so it goes…
In the above passage, Jesus was trying to awaken his disciples to the spiritual condition of the people right in front of them. “Get your eyes off yourselves for a minute and take a look at these folks…the needs are great, and the time for harvest is NOW!”
People without Christ live an empty existence. They are the walking dead…physically alive, but, spiritually dead in trespasses and sins. But, thank God, Jesus came to bring resurrection life to those who are dead, and He has sent us to declare the Good News of what He has done!
The following recording was made August 18, 2010, for Pastor Bob Yandian and the congregation at GRACE Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
“I See Dead People” by Randall Gearhart