On January 7th of this year, I had a dream regarding the harvest of souls coming into the kingdom of God. I dreamed that I was at church. It seemed like the church we have attended for the last 10 years, only double the size and the stage was higher (I believe this probably represented the body of Christ as a whole). This church normally runs about 40-50 people, but there was now somewhere between 100-200 people there. I knew that we had recently done an outreach event where we passed out hotdogs, etc. and now all these people (families) had come into the church as a result. I thought about all the times in the past we had done outreaches and not had much results, maybe a few visitors, but they usually would only attend once or twice and it did not last. I perceived that there had been a shift in the Spirit and now people were hungry for God and wanting to find their roles in the body of Christ.
What was also interesting is I had just read the story the day before of when Jesus asked to use Peter and Andrew’s boat. Luke 5:1-11 says:
So it was, as the multitude pressed about Him to hear the word of God, that He stood by the Lake of Gennesaret, but the fishermen had gone from them and were washing their nets. Then He got into one of the boats, which was Simon’s, and asked him to put out a little from the land. And He sat down and taught the multitudes from the boat. When He had stopped speaking, He said to Simon, “Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.” But Simon answered and said to Him, “Master, we have toiled all night and caught nothing; nevertheless at Your word I will let down the net.” And when they had done this, they caught a great number of fish, and their net was breaking. So they signaled to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both the boats, so they began to sink. When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord!” For he and all who were with him were astonished at the catch of fish which they had taken; and so also were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. And Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid. From now on you will catch men.” So when they had brought their boats to land, they forsook all and followed Him. (NKJ)
I recently heard a prophet saying that we are in the time of the harvest. He said it was going to be easier to win people to Christ than it had been in the past. Our Pastor shared at church Sunday that one of his neighbors, who is about 90 years old, came up to him when he was out in his yard and said “I’m 90 years old and I’m not sure if I’m ready to meet the Lord.” Pastor Jeff led him through the sinner’s prayer; praise the Lord. When he shared that story, what popped into my head is “The fish are going to start jumping into the boat.”
My husband and I have started praying more for our neighbors and thinking about inviting them over and starting a home group (Bible study and prayer group) to help disciple people in our area. I just want to encourage everyone to think about how you can reach your neighbors, family members, etc. Remember, Jesus has called us to be “fisher’s of men.” God bless you all.
In Christ ~ Kelly Rowe