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Preparing the Harvest

Albert Pine said, “What we do for ourselves dies with us. What we do for others and the world remains and is immortal.”

When you read that quote, you will know a couple of things right off the bat. Number 1 - We have been binge-watching Netflix’s Criminal Minds in our house. Number 2 - On the one hand, everything in life has changed in the last few months, and on the other, the mission of life and the church has never been clearer.

Let’s get the ugliness out of the way. The way things used to be will be no more. Everything will look different on this side of this Pandemic. That is not hyperbole. It just is. We all probably have reactions and feelings towards that, but it is true. Work will look different. Church will look different. Retirement will look different. Family time will look different. Funerals and weddings will look different. The world has changed. The things we may have taken for granted are to be cherished.

In our current sermon series, we have acknowledged that until the ground is broken, and the earth is cracked, a seed can’t be planted and fertilized to grow and bear harvest. Harvest begins with the broken ground and broken seed. So, where is God preparing you for harvest?

So, I hope we can agree that there are some things in our lives and culture that needed to be broken. I miss collegiate and professional sports so much - March Madness is my favorite time of year, and some of my best childhood memories were at Atlanta Braves baseball games. But there are seasons of my life where sports ate up too much time and energy. I’ll see them differently when they come back. This fast has been hard, but it’s helped me have perspective because my vision has changed, as has yours.

One thing that never changes is the power of the Gospel and the good news of Jesus. It is eternal. It is constant. It is true even when everything else falls away. I was struck by this quote recently: Thinking about Paul today. He spent much of his ministry “quarantined” in prison or house arrest and yet his correspondence with sisters and brothers in Christ yielded nearly half of the New Testament. The Gospel is never bound.

The more things change, the more space there is for the Gospel to move around and breathe in our midst.

How will quarantine change you? How will it change your capacity for the Gospel? How will it change your priorities? How will it change your perspective?

Albert Pine said, “What we do for ourselves dies with us. What we do for others and the world remains and is immortal.”

Jesus says in John 12, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.”

In this season, what is being put to death in your life so that new life can emerge?

God is doing a new thing! Are you ready?

Chris Rev. Chris Westmoreland Lead Pastor

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