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Focus for October 2023


Jesus refers to God as “the Lord of the harvest” (Matthew 9:38). How do you reflect God’s bounty in your everyday life?

“Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.”

You see, the symbolic meaning of harvest in Scripture encompasses two main areas: God’s provision for us and God’s blessing for others. While we celebrate a harvest season just once a year, we experience the spirit of harvest all the time.

Each day that we go to a job and earn a paycheck, we experience harvest. Each time we receive love from our family and those in our lives, we experience harvest. Each time we experience the closeness of God in a way that fills us spiritually, we experience harvest. Any time we are filled, we experience harvest.

Harvest then isn’t something that we experience once a year, but something that we experience on a daily basis. This is where those words Jesus uses are so important: The harvests we experience on a daily basis don’t actually belong to us — they belong to God, because He is the Lord of the harvest, not us. In other words, when we recognize the Lord of the harvest for who He is in our lives, we also embrace the fact that while in part our harvest is something He gives to meet our needs, it’s also something He wants us to use to bless others.

Glory to God, Hallelujah and Amen!

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