This is a picture of a banana plant/tree that is heavily laden with fruit. For a while now, it has been carrying this load - even through the (hopefully) just concluded dry season in Uganda. On several occasions, I asked our shamba boy whether the plant was ready for harvesting, and he always answered in the negative. I warned him at some point that the plant is about to start ripening and this would make it unpalatable as a meal. He however kept assuring me that it was not yet ready. This morning however, I noticed that the fruit had started ripening and I asked him to cut it down whether he thought it was ready or not. If we delay any further, i thought, the birds of the air will certainly come and enjoy the fruit.
This scenario made me think about the Lord Our God. He has asked us to bring in the harvest of souls to Him but we keep on thinking that it is not yet time or that we still have time. There is often that #One person who God has consistently convicted us to talk to about the Good News of the Gospel of Christ, but of we have thought it is either inappropriate, scary, too early, or other reason like we don't know what to say or we have given many other excuses like the people who were invited to a feast in
Then He said to him,
Sometimes when we wait too long, the fruit ripens ( the first stage of decay) or the birds of the air come and consume it ( a symbolism of death if i borrow from the interpretation of Joseph in Genesis 40: 16 - 18). Sometimes it is distance that makes it very difficult for us to share this incredible good news. In so doing, we miss out on obeying God and His Commands to us. As a result, many spend days in depression, poverty, bondage, sadness, and other forms of poor living - and even death- simply because of our excuses and disobedience. This is most unfortunate especially when he says that "Obedience is better than sacrifice" ( 1 Samuel 15 : 22). God had commanded that King Saul destroys the Amalekites but Saul spared Agag, King of the Amalekites). Note that the Amalekites were the first nation to attack the Jews as they left Egypt. “Remember what Amalek did to you on the way as you were coming out of Egypt, It is because of this that God sought to punish the Amalekites ( Exodus 17: 16). He knew that they would always seek to destroy the Jews.
However, due to the disobedience of King Saul, the Amalekites arose to extinguish the Jews, hundreds of years later, through their descendant Haman the Aggagite.( Esther 3). Take note that an Amalekite also sought to take credit for the death of King Saul in (2 Samuel 1: 8- 10). It is no wonder that as soon as David knew who this man was, He had him extinguished for inter alia, God's command to the Jews ( 1 Samuel 1 : 13 - 16). This means that when we do not obey the Lord, we condemn or expose many people to the risk of the "birds of the air" and "ripening." It is therefore important for us to obey the call because God knows that when more souls are drawn back to Him, their future is secure and they shall have life "more abundantly" ( John 10: 10).
Are you a laborer or a Bystander? Let us go out and harvest souls for the Lord. Let us wait no more. Let us avoid a situation where they will be eaten up by the birds of the air or if they ripen and because useless to the Kingdom