Whos is the Lord of the Harvest?

Preached by Chris Adams, October 12, 2008

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He’s in charge, even of the changing seasons!

Download audioWho is the Lord of the Harvest to you? How we view God and Jesus greatly influences the way we work in God’s vineyard for His harvest! In Luke 19 Jesus teaches about the King who gave ten of his servants one mina each and then went away to a far away land. Upon his return, the king rejoiced with two of his faithful servants who had each put their mina to work and received a return on the king’s investment.

When another servant returned with only the king’s original mina, he said, “I was afraid of you, because you are a hard man. You take out what you did not put in and reap what you did not sow. The king directly opposed him and then dealt with all the subjects who didn’t want him originally to be king in the first place, calling them enemies and had them killed.

Holding onto a wrong view of God can be done out of ignorance or out of a stubborn, willful and selfish determination not to place oneself under the full authority of God’s mercy. In view of the cross God’s true nature of mercy and long-suffering patience with us is un-deniable, and yet in some ways, it is oh-so-much-more comfortable to “doubt” and not give our whole hearts in trust and utter obedience to God.

We each need to answer personally, who the Lord of the harvest is . . . to us! Only then can we confess with our (individual) mouths and believe in our (individual) hearts that Jesus is Lord! (Romans 10:9 and Jeremiah 26:3) Then we will be an active part of God’s eternal harvest, as more and more people invest ALL they have for God’s Kingdom to be advanced.

“The Lord of the Harvest” preached by Chris Adams on Sunday, October 12, 2008

Matthew 9:35–38
Question: Who is the Lord of the Harvest?
Question: Who is the Lord of your life?
• There is a harvest.
• You need to pray.
• It takes hard work to convert souls into His Kingdom.
• The vineyard is the whole world.
Question: Who is going to be sent out?

1. Jesus is the exact representation of God.
Hebrews 1:1–4
• You will mature if you know the reason for the hope that you have.
• God wanted you to know every intention, thought, feeling and motive He had, so He sent down His Son.

2 Corinthians 3:15–18
• You are supposed to be transformed into His likeness.
• Whatever place you are in spiritually, all that matters is being in Christ.
• God has put you in this body, in His church.

2. Jesus is a humble servant.
Philippians 2:1–11
• God is doing great things.
• Jesus had to learn obedience through what He suffered. (Hebrews 5:8–10)
• Jesus did not exert His rights.
Question: How would you walk if you were the boss for a day?
• Jesus made himself nothing.
• Jesus trusted God; He poured Himself out.
• Complete trust takes humility.

Psalm 85:12
• God Himself gave what is good in Jesus.
Question: Is He worthy of you pouring yourself out?
• You got to make Jesus Lord of your life to pour yourself out.

Jeremiah 2:3
• Israel is God’s harvest.
• You are being transformed in ever increasing glory.
• You are God’s harvest.
• Jesus reached down to you and pulled you out of your sins.
• Get your convictions.
• You still have to decide to work as a team. (1 Corinthians 1:10)

3. Jesus is Lord.
Romans 10:5–13
• Biblical faith is all about obedience.
• Obedience is about making Jesus Lord.
• Metonymy means to use a part to describe the whole.
• You have to fulfill the conditions of faith.
• God’s love is unconditional but a relationship with God is conditional.

Acts 11:25–26
Question: How do you follow Jesus?
• Paul called people to make Jesus Lord.
Question: Are you using your time to go out there and share your faith?
• You got to get every single person to be on God’s team.
Question: Are you giving that to people?
• If you invest early and consistently, then you get a geometric (return on your investment or) explosion.

Luke 19:1–25
• Everyone in God’s Kingdom receives God’s grace.
• There are no excuses as to why anyone cannot be in God’s Kingdom.
• Jesus was talking about the evangelization of the world.