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Matthew 13
36 Then he left the crowd and went into the house. His disciples came to him and said, “Explain to us the parable of the weeds in the field.”
37 He answered, “The one who sowed the good seed is the Son of Man. 38 The field is the world, and the good seed stands for the people of the kingdom. The weeds are the people of the evil one, 39 and the enemy who sows them is the devil. The harvest is the end of the age, and the harvesters are angels.
40 “As the weeds are pulled up and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of the age. 41 The Son of Man will send out his angels, and they will weed out of his kingdom everything that causes sin and all who do evil. 42 They will throw them into the blazing furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. 43 Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Whoever has ears, let them hear.
There are two main points that I would like to emphasize in these passages.
1)  The field is the world
As Christians, we are instructed by our Lord to become fishers of men or to be soul-winners.
Everyday as we go to work, school, the grocery store, or wherever life takes us, we are in the harvest field. I’ve seen churches with signs in the parking lot as you are driving away to  the local restaurant that say, ” YOU ARE NOW ENTERING THE HARVEST FIELD.”    You can’t find a statement that is more factual than that!
Matthew 9 Jesus said,
“The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. 38 Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.”
2)  The harvest is the end of the age
In the above passage Jesus is talking about the separating of the true believers and unbelievers at the end of the age. There will be a great harvest in the last days. This started me to thinking about the elderly. They are truly in the last days of their lives here on earth. What better harvest field than to reach those who are the closest to being harvested by the angels? Like the weeds in this parable thrown into eternal fire, or to live in the presence of God forever.
I’ve had the pleasure to lead a few elderly people to the Lord over the years, when I did it brought great joy to my spirit to know that they are now are ” shining like the sun in the kingdom of their father.”
     The following is one of my experiences:
In November of 2010, I was at work, my day was almost over and I started to feel an aching pain in my lower stomach. I had battled with diverticulitis in the past and thought that this was just another bout with the disease, where food can get caught in pockets in the intestines causing infection and pain. I went home and after a few hours the pain was becoming worse. I went to the ER and they found that my lower colon had burst and that I would eventually need surgery to remove 18 inches of my lower colon. The Doctor told me, I was lucky that I came in, because the infection was really bad and I could have died. After a week in the hospital I went home and was told to heal up and that I should have the surgery in a few months so that the inflammation would heal up before pursuing operating on me. As it turned out I didn’t have to wait that long.
     On December 22nd I was sick again, this time it was my gall bladder, it need to be removed.  After talking with the surgeon with my family present at the time, I decided to go ahead and have the surgery on Christmas eve. They were going to remove 18″ of my lower colon, my gall bladder and have my belly button hernia all repaired in the same surgery. Needless to say, I wasn’t having a good time and the holidays weren’t so Merry.
     I did however find a reason to rejoice. When I was admitted on the 22nd, there was an elderly man in the bed next to mine, he was on some kind of machine that seemed like it was helping him breathe. As I was resting in my bed I heard the doctor say to him, ” Mr. Antoinette,  It doesn’t look very good for you and you may want to make sure you take care of things fast.”  At first I couldn’t believe I heard the doctor say that loud enough that I could hear it, but I was startled by the unusual Italian name that I had only heard once before in my life. One of my best friends from middle school turned out to be his son. Immediately the Holy Spirit impressed upon me to approach him about his eternity. So I used the reason that I knew his son’s from my past, as an opportunity to approach him. He told me that Pete and Tony ( the older brother) are his sons . I told him that I heard what the doctor said to him and that if he wasn’t sure about where he’d go after this life, that he could know for sure. He started telling me that he was a choir boy and things like that, but I told him that was all good, but there is only one way that we can make it to heaven and that is through the forgiveness of our sins through Jesus Christ. I asked him, because I knew that his time was short, if he would like to accept Jesus Christ and be forgiven of his sins. Praise God he said YES!!  He prayed with me and accepted Christ into his heart!!   A few hours later, with his sons by his side, they moved him to another room, so that he would be alone as he passed from this world. On his way out he had the nurses stop at my bed, I grabbed his arm and I told him” the Lord is with you Mr. Antonetti.” He died a about a half hour later.
     The next day his son came to the hospital and thanked me and gave me his fathers cross that he was wearing. I know Mr. Antonetti’s  with the Lord right now, and that God divinely had me in the right place to help harvest him into eternity. We are God’s mouthpiece and he can use us in any situation we are in. We just need to remember that we are ALWAYS IN THE HARVEST.-George Jones
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