YOUR HARVEST IS IN YOUR FIELD
April 7, 2019 | Steve Pixler
1. Your harvest is the fulfillment of your purpose and destiny.
Colossians 1:10 “So as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him: bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God.”
2. Your field is the area of influence God assigned to you in his kingdom. This is any area where you have influence (family, work, church, community), particularly your vocation.
2 Corinthians 10:13, 15, 16 (ESV): 13 But we will not boast beyond limits, but will boast only with regard to the area of influence God assigned to us, to reach even to you. 15 We do not boast beyond limit in the labors of others. But our hope is that as your faith increases, our area of influence among you may be greatly enlarged, 16 so that we may preach the gospel in lands beyond you, without boasting of work already done in another’s area of influence.
3. Your harvest is in your field. Many people never find their HARVEST because they never find their FIELD. Many never find their field because they never discover HOW they are made. (Psalm 139)
Ephesians 2:10 (ESV): For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
Romans 11:29 (ESV): For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable.
John 15:8, 16 (ESV): 8 By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples. 16 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you.
4. Your WORK is WORSHIP!
Colossians 3:22–24 (ESV): Bondservants, obey in everything those who are your earthly masters, not by way of eye-service, as people-pleasers, but with sincerity of heart, fearing the Lord. 23 Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, 24 knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.
Colossians 3:17 (ESV): And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
**GET THIS: The kingdom of God is bigger than the church.
The church is the government assembly (GR. “ekklesia”—think: Congress or Parliament) of the kingdom of God, but the kingdom of God is bigger than the church.
The kingdom of God is the RULE of God, and Jesus, seated on the throne of God in heaven, rules over every REALM of life. (Because of mankind’s rebellion against the rule of God in Eden, the kingdom must COME into every area of life, which happens through the preaching of the gospel.)
As Jesus said, “All authority in heaven and earth has been given to me” (Matthew 28:18). As the Book of Revelation puts it, Jesus Christ is “the ruler of kings on earth” (Revelation 1:5). Jesus is “King of kings and Lord of lords.” To put it in American language, Jesus is the “President of presidents.”
Jesus rules over every realm of life. He rules over families, governments, politics, education, science, medicine, the arts and entertainment, engineering and architecture, music and movies, technology, space exploration, oceanography, finance and accounting, on and on. If it is a FIELD—an area of influence—Jesus rules over it. ALL AUTHORITY in heaven and earth belong to him. Everyone who works in any field owes their servant authority to the dispensation (GR. oikonomia) of Jesus.
Romans 13:1–7 (ESV): Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God.
**This is why Jesus taught us to pray every day, “Your kingdom come. Your will be done in earth as it is in heaven.” The church preaches the gospel, people believe and are saved; as people are saved, society shifts and the powers of darkness are dethroned; in this way, reconciliation/transformation happens in the world.
What does this have to do with you? It simply shows that the authority of Jesus extends over every REALM of life, which includes your WORK. You are given a divine assignment to serve to the glory of God. God has appointed a FIELD for you!
Your FIELD is your kingdom ASSIGNMENT. Your assignment is much bigger than your job, though it includes it. Your assignment includes the total area of influence that God has given you to steward. Yet, because that does include your JOB, we must come to see our work as a calling, as a VOCATION.
DO THIS: Ask God to lead you into your FIELD, into your kingdom ASSIGNMENT. Be bold. Ask confidently, and don’t stop asking. God created you for a purpose. You were born to bear fruit. You were designed for destiny. You were planted in the world to produce a HARVEST! Refuse to settle for anything less.
ASK YOURSELF: How does my job advance the kingdom of God in the world? Don’t be distracted by what you merely do at work—ask yourself how your work makes the world a better place. Look for the bigger, God-sized meaning in what you do.
You will find your HARVEST in your FIELD.
5. You are SENT into the HARVEST!
Matthew 9:37, 38 (ESV): 37 Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; 38 therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.”
Look at three things from verse 38:
PRAY EARNESTLY: We must change the way we pray over our work. Too often, we simply pray paycheck-focused, quality-of-life prayers over our work. But we must partner with the Holy Spirit and CRY OUT with strategic, kingdom-oriented prayers about our work. Jesus sent you out into your field so that you could produce a harvest of good works to the glory of God and for the transformation of the world.
THE LORD OF THE HARVEST: Jesus is sovereign over our kingdom assignments. We must submit to his will and partner with his power to bring change in the world.
TO SEND OUT: Our prayer to King Jesus, Lord of the harvest, is that he would SEND OUT laborers into his harvest. The word translated “send out” is the Greek word “EKBALLE,” and it means “to be THRUST OUT, to be HURLED, to be LAUNCHED like an arrow fired into a target.”
Jesus commanded us to CRY OUT IN PRAYER that he, the Lord of the harvest, would FIRE PEOPLE LIKE ARROWS into the workplace, precisely targeted to hit the bullseye of wise influence and loving service. Jesus plans to change the world, and he will do so with YOU!
Where is your field? Where is your kingdom work assignment? Where is your vocation?
That’s where you will find your harvest, your fulfillment, your purpose and destiny.