As the summer slips by, and we move into autumn, many of us will be
thinking of harvest. For some of us that may mean a physical, real, actual
harvest of fruits or crops but I invite you to think a little differently!
Without the sowing and tending we’d struggle to reap any produce, and this
is true in so many ways. As a church we’re called to sow and tend to the
faith of those around us, to spread the good news of Jesus, crucified and
risen. We can do this individually, whether that’s by speaking about our
faith to friends and family or donating to church mission charities. We can
offer our time, our skills, our money. We can encourage those around us to
think more deeply about what life means, to consider what’s really important,
to discover a sense of purpose, we can encourage each other to
help make a difference in our communities.
We’re called to this corporately too, and as churches we need to continually
question how we sow physically and spiritually in to the lives of those
around us. Our churches are active and loving within our communities in
many ways, in worship, in community service, in supporting community
initiatives and businesses, in reaching out.
I firmly believe that there is a direct link between our own sense of
thankfulness and what we’re willing to give to others, freely we have
received, freely we give. As our minds, hearts and worship turn to harvest
and thankfulness for all that God has done, so should our minds and hearts
turn towards the ways in which we can give generously.