Have you heard the new lyrics to an old song? It goes like this, “Old McBaptist had a farm; E-I-E-I-O. And ‘round that farm he plants the Word; E-I-E-I-O. With a plow, plow here and a plant, plant there…” The tune is familiar and hopefully, the words do not seem so strange to us. The Bible often uses the imagery of a farmer when speaking of the work of God. Jesus spoke of the sower going out to sow the seed of God’s Word. Paul encouraged Timothy to be like a hard-working farmer as he discipled people and looked for spiritual fruit in their lives.
Every farmer knows that in order to receive a harvest in the fall, someone must plow the field, sow the seed, pray for rain and eventually, harvest the crop. It would be foolish to expect a harvest when there has been no plowing, or planting, or praying. A dormant field does not a harvest make!
A dormant church cannot expect a harvest either. Members of God’s church must get themselves face-to-face with lost people and have a gospel conversation in order to reach them for Christ. The Great Commission reminds us that we are witnesses wherever we go, but we can also be intentional about setting up gospel encounters.
Dave Frasure is CABA's Disciple-making Catalyst and pastors FBC So. Lebanon.