Sunday, October 23, 2011
A Time to Harvest
According to Wikipedia, harvest is the process of gathering mature crops from the fields. Reaping is the cutting of grain or pulse for harvest, typically using a scythe, sickle, or reaper. Harvest thus marks the end of the growing season and growth cycle. Then there is another harvest symbol known as the grim reaper who bears a scythe. His part of a harvest of sorts is cutting down those at the end of their life cycle.
I went to a funeral of a dear aunt of mine when I was six years old. She was a Christian as was my whole family at the time. I remember everyone crying and saying how sad it was that she had died. That perplexed me and I asked why everyone was so sad if they believed that she was now in heaven with Jesus. That sounded perfectly wonderful to me.
Of course now I understand the more personal aspect of missing the person who you will not be seeing any more this side of heaven. Today I am more grieved when I hear of a funeral of someone who is not a Christian believer. There are many religions in the world who give you a road map to your final harvest reaping that is based on your good works balancing out your bad ones. But how good do you have to be to tip the scales?
Christianity is the only religion that isn't based on achieving nirvana by checking off a list of appropriate deeds or actions. It all boils down to just one belief which is accepting Christ as your personal Savior and loving others as He loved us. It's not an exclusive club, the thief on the cross who died with Jesus that day gained paradise or heaven. Ordinary fisherman, tax collectors, world leaders and those who once persecuted Christians have turned to accept Christ and His offer of salvation.