More than one person may be needed to carry out the harvest process depending on the circumstances. We see the same parallel in the mission field. “And He called the twelve to Himself, and began to send them out two by two…” (Mark 6:7 NKJV) In some instances, one person operates the combine and next to it the second person drives the tractor with the grain cart. If multiple acreages are harvested concurrently, full grain carts may be emptied into a nearby semi-truck before a third person transports the yield to the storage unit or elevator.
Delays in harvesting the crop in its ripe state lead to quality deterioration and value reduction. Therefore farmers may enlist the assistance of neighbors and their machinery to work the field simultaneously in half the time. “Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor.” (Ecclesiastes 4:9 NIV, ©2011) Sometimes it is even necessary to hire custom cutters, skilled individuals who follow the harvest seasons of various crops throughout different regions providing their professional services. “In his grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well.” (Romans 12:6 NLT)
Many other hands may be necessary to support the laboring harvesters. Someone is needed to deliver resources to the field, food for the workers and fuel for the combines, so the work can be continuously performed. Runners are needed to take broken parts to the welding shop or purchase new ones at the store. Mechanics may be called out to the field to fix major equipment breakdowns. “But our bodies have many parts, and God has put each part just where he wants it.” (1 Corinthians 12:18 NLT) All carry out their assigned tasks yet serve together to accomplish the same goal. “Just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function, so it is with Christ’s body. We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other.” (Romans 12:4-5 NLT)
“Therefore, accept each other just as Christ has accepted you so that God will be given glory. Don’t think you are better than you really are. Be honest in your evaluation of yourselves, measuring yourselves by the faith God has given us. Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.” (Romans 15:7 NLT; Romans 12:3b NLT; John 13:34b-35 NLT)
KESHER TIP (connection): Welding
Under heat and pressure two parts become bonded together after molten filler is poured over them. The unit becomes a stronger joint when cooled. On a mission trip, close quarters, long days and culture shock can contribute to team members getting on each other’s nerves and leading to misunderstandings. Commit yourself to learn Christian principles about confronting in love to bring Godly reconciliation between you and your co-harvesters. “And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.” (Colossians 3:14 NIV, ©2010) “Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.” (Ephesians 4:3 NIV, ©2010)
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