Fall is an incredibly beautiful time in ‘My Old Kentucky Home’. Changing colors of the leaves, fall flowers, and warm sunny days mark this special time of the year. On my morning walk, I could not help but notice the abundant crop of acorns and walnuts falling from the colorful trees.
I also noticed the explosion of energy and the hectic racing around of the squirrels. Their God-given instinct to prepare for the coming winter drives them. They feverishly gather a harvest of nuts and seeds and store them away for harsh days ahead. They react to the shorter days and cooling temperatures with an increasing sense of urgency.
Pausing to observe the squirrels, a scripture came to mind. “We must quickly carry out the tasks assigned us by the one who sent us. The night is coming, and then no one can work” (John 9:4, NLT). The squirrels’ task is to gather in before winter. Our task is to go into all the world sharing the message of salvation and gather in the lost to Christ. I sense a growing awareness among Bible-believing Christians that the days of grace are growing shorter and the spiritual climate is cooling. Increasing wickedness and rejection of Biblical principles are evident everywhere. People are running here and there with little purpose or direction. In confusion, people are mainly intent on gathering up earthly treasures.
The Gospel of Matthew says of Jesus, “When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few” (Matthew 9:3, NIV). Oh, how people need a savior and workers to teach them how to store up treasures in heaven!
As the world grows darker and darker with sin, true believers must work quickly to win family, friends, and the lost to Christ. It is the task the Lord assigned to us. The night is surely coming when we will be able to work no more. Are you gathering in?
“He who is not with Me is against Me, and he who does not gather with Me scatters abroad.”
(Matt. 12:30 NKJ)
~ Brother Roy