The Burden of “Now”

Jan 14, 2020

Good Morning Fellow Travelers,

Read: John 4:1-43


“Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? Behold I say unto you, lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest.” John 4:35


In this verse, Christ calls us to face our commission in the work of the harvest of souls. He points us to the harvest and inspires us to take part in it. He urges us to consider its readiness and to not make excuses. He had just finished a discourse with the woman at the well and tactfully led her to see herself. She with others had believed on Him. He then urged His disciples to lift up their eyes to see the whitened fields of souls waiting to be harvested.

A nagging imperative surfaces in the words Jesus said in John 4: “Don’t say there is yet more time before the harvest; lift up your eyes and look now.” Reaching the lost with the Gospel is a divine injunction on us right now. To not fulfil this call now is to not obey.

Gifts have been given to the church of Christ (Ephesians 4:11-12). The Spirit is saying, “Come.” Is the Bride, the church, saying, “Come?”

The intent of posting Gospel billboards is the salvation of souls. The simplicity of placing these convicting points of light along the highways and byways of North America moves me. We at Billboard Evangelism realize the high costs of this effort and never cease to express gratefulness to those who give of their resources to make this happen.

We are also aware that the enemy of our souls and the devil who controls the souls of multitudes of unbelieving people works hard to hinder this work. While we know that there are many other methods of reaching the lost, we also know that God is using this work of posting billboards to reach many people. Every day our phone team members listen to callers who have been convicted by the billboard messages and ask questions about their eternal destiny.

Recognize with us that the burden is “now.” There is no time to wait. The fields are white now. Pray with us that God would yet call many to join us in this good work. May it be now! 

~ James Baer

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