The Harvester

This song,  written by Brandon Heath, became a sort of theme song for my early days of ACL last year.  It caught my attention on the Mars Hill Network sometime during 2015, and the lyrics impacted my heart.

Some of the phrases Heath uses reminded me of Scripture verses.  Please take the time to click on each lyric that is in bold type, and read the verse that pops up in a new tab.  These seem to have been the inspiration for some of the lyrics from “The Harvester”, and most definitely contine to provide motivation and direction for my life.

Up with the dawn and the rooster crow; been that way since I don’t know.

Throw a little water on my face, get out the door and greet the day.

Put my knees down on the ground, sing to the Lord in a weary sound.

Ask Him for the strength I need; break my heart like a weed.

For all that we’ve grown, how could we forget?

Those who don’t know or just don’t know yet.      

Let’s harvest this field from sunrise to sunset.       

The Master is coming. We are not done yet.    

Bring out the sickle, bring out the pail,

Bushel full of wire and fork to bale.         

Work through the pain in the rain or shine

C’mon y’all we still got time.    


The turning of the season is upon us, my friends.  

Now’s the time.  

All that was sown is there for the reaping.  

These powerful words and the haunting melody remind me of the urgency of the task, often referred to as the Great Commission, which Jesus Christ gave to His first disciples, and also to us, His current disciples in this world, before He went back to Heaven.

And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.  Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:  Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.     Matthew 28:18-20

The harvest is his, but the labour is ours.  We can count on Him for all the resources to accomplish the great work He has set before us, but He will not do it without our willing and active service.  We are the ones God chose, the method He ordained, the strategy He masterminded.  We are to take the Good News of His love and salvation into the world.  How can we disobey His direct orders and risk letting a ripe harvest rot in the fields?

We are not just engaged in some vague philanthropic exercise.  We are dealing with life and death.  And we had better get on with this business of proclaiming the Gospel.   Chuck Colson



The evangelization of the world waits not on the readiness of God but on the obedience of Christians. — Bill M. Sullivan


And those of you who know me well won’t be surprised that I came up with a slightly rewritten version of the song for our particular circumstances, to sing along with the original song, challenging me not to forget.

Up with the dawn and the rooster crow; been that way for a year or so.

Throw a little coffee down my throat, get out the door to take some notes.

Fall on my knees with the mental strain, sing to the Lord with a weary brain.

Ask Him for the strength I need; break my heart like a weed.

For all that we’ve grown, how could we forget?

The Neno know some, but don’t have God’s Word yet.

Let’s learn this language from sunrise to sunset.

The Master is coming.  We are not done yet.

Bring the recorder, the camera too,

Words to learn and things to do,

Building friendships through the heat and pain

C’mon y’all this ain’t no game.




One thought on “The Harvester

  1. Colette Cross

    You really are an example and an inspiration for me. Thanks for reminding me again of what is most important! You are such a blessing to me and so many!


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