Proverbs 10:5

“He who gathers crops in summer is a prudent son,
but he who sleeps during harvest is a disgraceful son.” NIV

“At harvest season it’s smart to work hard, but stupid to sleep.” CEV 

In this verse God teaches us a principle of the harvest. The lesson is about a wise or sensible son versus a disgraceful son. The Proverbs says that during the harvest a wise or prudent son will bring in the harvest. The harvest time is a time to labor in the field. Harvesting, for those who have never experienced this type of work is hard labor. This son brings the family respect and honors his father.

This son who labors in the field is obedient to the father’s call to go out and work in the field, unlike the son in the parable which Jesus told that lied to the father and said, “I will go, but never does go out.”

Growing up in a family that grew crops in Texas, we sometimes went and harvested various crops that my father’s brothers had planted on their ranch. In the summer time Texas can be very hot. But the harvest was fun because I was co-laboring with my family.

Proverbs 10:5 says that the disgraceful son does not work the harvest fields, for he sleeps instead of brining in the harvest. Not only is the disgraceful son sleeping, but according to several commentators he goes to sleep quickly and is in a very deep sleep.

This disgraceful son throws away an opportunity that is there for a season. It is a window of opportunity. In my book “Breaking the Evangelism Code”, I describe a business or investment principle, “Opportunity Cost.” This is the missed the opportunity of increasing your financial gain by acting on an opportunity for monetary gain.

I use this principle to show how the church and believers will intentionally and unintentionally miss an opportunity to share the Glorious Gospel with a lost person. I refer to this as “Opportunity Lost.” We miss out on seeing the effects of God’s Word, and God’s Spirit bring an unbelieving soul to new life as we share God’s Living Word, the Gospel.

Jesus has already commanded us to go into the harvest field and work. He said, “Do you not say, ‘There are yet four months, then comes the harvest’? Look, I tell you, lift up your eyes, and see that the fields are white for harvest.” John 4:35. Proverbs, 11:30b says, “He who wins souls is wise!” What does that say about professing Christians who do not win lost souls with the Gospel?

We all need to pray that we would not be a Disgraceful Son, but a Wise, Honoring Son to our heavenly Father and to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. God, please forgive us for not working the harvest fields and please ignite our souls to evangelize the lost, In Jesus Name!

 

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