Harvest

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Harvest is a consistent theme throughout the Bible. It first appears in Genesis 8:22.

As long as the earth endures,
seedtime and harvest,
cold and heat,
summer and winter,
day and night
will never cease.

There are 70 other instances in the Old and New Testaments. You can review these at the following site.

Jesus also used the analogy of a harvest to describe the gathering of his followers.

Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. (Matthew 9:37)

I grew up in the wheat country of Southeastern Kansas and witnessed many July harvests. I even worked in a grain elevator the summer before my senior year. This is where the wheat is stored before being sent, often by railway, to flour mills and other locations.

imageI’ve always been intrigued that the wheat grows to the same height across the entire field. I’ve been pondering this question in the context of salvation through Jesus.

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Here’s my conclusion. The harvest that Jesus described is the new life that becomes ours when we accept his saving grace. We can consider the wheat to be us. Jesus reaped us when he died on the cross.

So why do we all have equal stature? All the wheat is the same height because Jesus values us all equally! You are not less valuable because your past is messy. You are not less valuable because you don’t have a dramatic salvation story. You are loved, fully.

Happy harvest!

 

 

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About Tony Schmitz

Tony Schmitz received his BS in Mechanical Engineering from Temple University in 1993, his MS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Florida in 1996, and his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Florida in 1999. He is a mechanical engineering professor at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
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