A woman answered her front door and saw a little boy holding a list. "Ma'am," he explained, "I'm on a scavenger hunt, and I still need three grains of wheat, a pork-chop bone and a piece of used carbon paper to earn a dollar." "Wow," the woman replied. "Who sent you on such a challenging hunt?" "My babysitter's boyfriend."
John 4:35-37: "Do you not say, 'There are yet four months, and then comes the harvest'? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look on the fields, that they are white for harvest. "Already he who reaps is receiving wages and is gathering fruit for life eternal; so that he who sows and he who reaps may rejoice together. "For in this case the saying is true, 'One sows and another reaps.'
I’ve rarely observed any sense of urgency when a child is asked to go to bed or a youth to clean their room, but what about us when it concerns eternity. It seems that many believers, not too different than ourselves, have bought the lie that our lives and concerns and agendas and plans are more important than the lost person’s eternity. Our focus must be on the Lord, but along with loving Him, we are to love our neighbor as ourselves. Nothing says love more than rescuing someone from the flames of hell. We all must ask ourselves if rescuing people is more important than our own comfort, schedule, priorities, or circumstances. The enemy wants us so busy that we miss God-given opportunities to ministry and witness. Who or what is influencing our values, priorities, and schedule?