July 1

Today's Bible Reading
     Joshua 3
     Psalms 126-128
     Isaiah 63
     Matthew 11
''Those who sow in tears shall reap in joy. He who continually goes forth weeping, bearing seed for sowing, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him."(Psalms 126:5-6)
            This Psalm is one of the songs of ascent. When the Jewish pilgrims made their way back up to Jerusalem, this is one of the songs they sang along the way. Our memory verse has become the classic song of the soul-winner. The Psalmist set forth the task. The Scripture says ''he that goeth forth." The verb here is to ''keep on going.''  When you are consistent and persist to keep on going, God will honor it, and you will be blessed with the thrill of seeing fruit for your persistence.
Reaching people for Jesus Christ and bringing in the harvest is not just one of the responsibilities of the church - it is the task of the church.
            I mean by that, it is the priority.   This is God's one purpose…the bringing in of the harvest. When the Lord Jesus had led the woman at the well to drink of the water of life, the Disciples returned and they offered Him food. Jesus said, ''I am not hungry. My food is to do the will of Him that sent Me." Whatever your spiritual gift may be, your task is to be a part of sharing the Gospel and bringing in the harvest.
            For the Disciples, their task was numerically impossible, they were too few; financially impossible, there was not enough money; socially impossible, they were outcasts; and politically impossible, they had no political clout. But Jesus promised them His power to perform His task and they turned their world upside down for Christ.
            We also see in our verse the tears. The compassion of the Lord Jesus and of men like the Apostle Paul must be translated into our lives today. We have stifled tears in the modem church. Too many of our prayer altars are never stained with tears, but we ought to weep when almost one hundred souls per minute go out into eternity without Jesus Christ. When the church learns to weep over the lost again, we will see folks won to faith in Christ again as they ought to be.
            We also see, in our verse, the treasure, the seed. The seed is the Word of God. The Bible says, “Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.”Again, the Scripture says, “receive with meekness the engrafted Word which is able to save your soul.”
            On one occasion in New Orleans, I had the opportunity to see some of the treasures from King Tut's Tomb on a U.S. tour. I dreaded having to stand in line in the hot sun to see it, but joined with the others who suffered in the humidity of that southern city, and was able to see some of those trinkets. Later on, I visited the museum in Cairoand saw the entire display. I was not so much impressed with the gold, but was deeply impressed with the fact that they had found a jar of seed in that tomb which was hundreds of years old. When the seed was planted, it produced. The life is in the seed. The principle of sowing and reaping permeates the Scripture. When we sow the treasure, the seed of the Word of God, God will give the increase.
            The Psalmist allows us to see two more things - the triumph and the trophies. We are promised that when we bear precious seed with tears, we will “come again with rejoicing, bringing our sheaves with us.”Oh, what a time it will be when we shall come “bringing in the sheaves”
            When Dr. Jonas Salkpresented his polio vaccine to the medical association, he received a 15-minute ovation. What if he had kept this discovery to himself? That would have been a criminal act and he would have deserved to be imprisoned. The world around us is perishing with a malignancy called sin. We have the only vaccine, which is the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and we must share it.
The Republic of Venezuelain Latin America now has more than 28 million people. It is 95% Christian and, of course, most of these are Roman Catholic. In recent years, however, there has been tremendous evangelical growth. In the last decade, evangelical believers grew from 1 million to more than 2.5 million at the turn of the century. During this era of growth two new evangelical churches were planted every day. The need in these churches is for true discipleship, unity, an understanding of doctrine, and a vision for missions.  Pray for the church in Venezuelatoday.
“There are only two kinds of Christians - soul-winners and back-sliders.”
Andrew Murray