This year we experienced a GREAT EASTER WEEKEND! One thing I have learned about ministry around here, is that EASTER Weekend is a HUGE deal for us! It is an opportunity for us to REACH PEOPLE we have never reached and tell them about Jesus.
However, with that grace of reaching people and seeing hundreds attend our services and ministry comes the high price of stewardship and responsibility. The Bible teaches:
· To whom much has been given, much is required - Luke 12:48
· God gives the amount of the talent - it is our job to multiply the talent - Matthew 25:15
The Bible states that “he gave to each according to his own ability” - meaning if God has given us this type of influence, favor, and grace, He is affirming our ability.
I have learned that after Easter Weekend - comes the WORK!
I want to share with you some quotes I read recently from a sermon by Pastor Steven Furtick. I don't think it was by coincidence that I thought on these things. He preached a message on John 4:34-38, where Jesus is talking about the HARVEST. He is telling His disciples that the HARVEST is ready.
Here are some notes I gathered:
· The HARVEST is hard.
· Sometimes you have to go through things that other people will walk around.
· If God gives you what you are praying for, you might lose a few friends.
· Reaping ain't easy.
· You can't reap what you don't recognize. Harvest is a problem if you're not ready to reap.
· Harvest is a problem if you're not willing to increase your capacity.
· The harvest is often hidden in the things you hate.
I grew up in Itasca Texas and I remember when the corn fields or the cotton fields were ready, you would see the combines and workers working all day and night to pull in the harvest. There is a season to pull in the harvest because if you don't, you could lose your crop! I know the excitement of Easter Weekend has passed, but now comes the true test of commitment and stewardship - HARVESTING what God sent us.
So how does that look like for us?
· Get to the know the people attending our services
· Making phone calls to first time guests
· Following up with saved people
· Assimilating new people into the Serve Team
· Stepping up our personal spiritual game to meet the demands of the season
HARVEST is a blessing, but it is also hard work. Don't be fooled into thinking we can stop now. WE CAN'T STOP. Eternity depends on it. Families are in need of it. People are looking for it. A city is waiting for it.
Let's go get the HARVEST!
"Do you not say, 'There are still four months and then comes the harvest?' Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are already white for HARVEST!" - John 4:35
Abram Gomez is the Executive Pastor of Cross Church, formerly known as Valley International Christian Center, in San Benito, TX. He serves under the leadership of Bishop Jaime Loya and helps in leading the 2,500-member congregation. Abram is a graduate of Southwestern Assemblies of God University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Church Ministries. He recently earned his Master’s Degree in Human Services Counseling with a specialization in Executive Leadership from Liberty University. Abram is the founder and director of Next Gen, a movement designed to mentor Next Generation Church Leaders. Abram recently received approval as a team member and representative for Nation 2 Nation University, a video-based ministerial school offering two and four year degrees. His teaching is a part of the curriculum including Youth Ministry, Church Administration and Church Growth. Occasionally, Abram writes for Valley Christian Magazine, a regional periodical that covers the entire valley. He and his wife, Rebecca, reside in Harlingen along with their precious daughter Isabella and son Jude.