Ps. 126:6 “He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.” In 1874 Knowles Shaw wrote a famous gospel song based on this scripture, with one verse saying, “Going forth with weeping, sowing for the Master, Though the loss sustained, our spirit often grieves; when our weeping’s over, He will bid us welcome, we shall come rejoicing, bringing in the sheaves.” Knowles Shaw came to salvation after playing his violin at a party one evening. As he was playing, his daddy’s dying words came back to him, “Prepare to meet thy God.” He immediately stopped playing, went home, fasted and wrestled under a blanket in warfare for days over his soul until victory was won. Immediately afterwards, he went to church, professed his faith in Christ and was baptized. Knowles Shaw entered the ministry and became known as the “Singing Evangelist”. He traveled all over preaching the gospel and wrote multitudes of songs. He died in a train accident, and his last words recorded were, “It is a grand thing to rally people to the Cross of Christ.”
Hebrews 9:27 “It is appointed unto man once to die, but after this the judgment.” Behind some pulpits in America and abroad, many have been inundated with a selfish gospel of me, myself and I. A lot of it has to do with naming and claiming the best houses, the best cars and the best life one can get. Certainly, God is not against the Christian having nice things or being the best one can be, but He is not in favor of selfish ambition and things having the Christian. In this selfish gospel, it leaves little room for sinners, with altar calls for the lost not relevant to their message. While they are naming and claiming goods for themselves, they forget about the sinner who is dying and going to hell for eternity. When I was growing up in the Methodist church, there was a lot of emphasis placed on reaching the lost. I saw many souls weeping their way to salvation at the altar. I could see and hear the cries of the saints when an altar call was given. Their sincere, Christ-like compassion was to not see one sinner walk out the door in a lost condition. The saints lingered at the altar as long as necessary. There was no rush to be the first in the buffet line. Visitation to the sinners was practiced, and heaven & hell were preached often. As a result, many souls were turned to Christ. I have never forgotten it, and those weeping saints made an impact in my life.
In John 4:35, Jesus speaking says, “I say unto you, lift up your eyes and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest.” While we are praying for ourselves or going about our daily routines, let us not forget about the great harvest of souls…our neighbor, co-worker or family member. My mother prays for the Hollywood stars. Jesus came to save the lost. He may lay someone on your heart to pray over or visit. Let us go forth and reap the harvest! While we can’t take our earthly things with us to Heaven, we can, however, take the souls we have helped win to Christ. Like the composer of that blessed song wrote, “we shall come rejoicing bringing in the sheaves.” Vickie Henderson