There is a verse in Amos that I love so much because of the picture of abundance it paints. In Amos 9:13, he writes, “The days are coming,’ declares the LORD. ‘when the reaper will be overtaken by the plowman, and the planter by the one treading grapes. New wine will drip from the mountains and flow from all the hills.'”
This picture perfectly describes the blessings of the Lord on His people. What it means, in layman’s terms, is that our crops will be so huge that we can’t finish harvest before it is time to plant and before we get finished planting, harvest is already coming again! Our crops will be so big that the new wines will just flow from everywhere. As a farmer, this has got to be what heaven looks like!
But, what if this verse is not really about crops, even though that sounds pretty good! What if what Amos is talking about in this message from God is that our work for Him will be that blessed if we get out there and do it?
The Bible uses farming analogies often. This is because the areas in which they lived were farming type communities. Agriculture references were something the people understood. And the same is true for us. Even if you are not directly involved in agriculture, you pretty much know when planting and harvest come. You know when we need rainfall. So we all ought to be able to understand what He is saying here and how it applies to each of us.
In John 4:35, Jesus says, “Do you not say there are four months and then comes the harvest? I say to you to look around you, the fields are already white for harvest.” He is telling us that now is the time. The harvest starts today.
In cotton, much like any other crop, you have to work when it is time to harvest. You can’t just wait until you feel like it. When the cotton is ready, it is ready. If you wait, the lint will begin to drag out and fall to the ground. The winds blow it off. The rains can damage its quality. When it is time to harvest, it is time. Same is true for grapes. They have a window of harvest and you have to work when that harvest is ready. You cannot wait for a more convenient time.
This also applies in working for the Lord. The time to be a witness is now. The harvest will come whether we are ready for it or not. The Lord will return. Lives will end. We do not when any of this will happen. So we must be about His business and make sure all those around us are ready when harvest time comes. If we work as witnesses like we should, we will overtake each other on the pathway of following Jesus. Our harvest will be so great that even those to whom we witnessed will become planters themselves. Picture an entire world of people working for Jesus in such a way that no one has to die without knowing Him! What an amazing picture that is!
While the verse in Amos is a beautiful picture in the world of farming, it is even more beautiful to think of it in relation to God’s work. That we would all be working together so well to reach the world for Jesus!
Be about the business of working for the Lord! It will make the difference!