Matthew 9:35 – 10:23
When the Time Is Right
By Lois Parker Edstrom
OBJECTS SUGGESTED: Fruits, vegetables, or flowers that are at their peak.
Have you ever had the opportunity to plant a seed? If you have, you know that after the seed is planted there is a time of waiting. After what seems like a long time, we see a tiny bit of green sprouting out of the ground. Then, there is another long time of waiting and finally the plant grows, matures, and produces a vegetable or a flower, depending on what type of seed has been planted.
This is what farmers do, planting large fields of flowers or vegetables and orchards of fruit trees. They care for their crops and after several weeks have gone by the crop is ready to be harvested. Do you know what it means to harvest something? When a fruit or vegetable has matured and is the best that it can be it is picked – harvested. (Show example of fruits, vegetables, or flowers.)
In the Bible Jesus talks about a harvest and he is talking about people being harvested. He says, “The harvest indeed is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Pray therefore that the Lord of the harvest will send out laborers into his harvest” (9:37-38).
There is a time in everyone’s life when they are ready to hear about God. Everyone has the opportunity to be the best they can be by accepting God’s love. We, who have experienced the love of God, need to live our lives in a way that others, when they are ready, will see that Love in us. Christians are like laborers sent out to celebrate the harvest.
Scripture quotations from the World English Bible
Copyright 2008, Richard Niell Donovan