“I Will Pour Out My Spirit”
By Eva Stuart Watt
Many Christians gazing on the world’s harvest-white fields are saying, “The harvest is great, the reapers are few and what is not reaped will perish. But when so little has been reaped during the eleven hours of sunshine, what hope is there of doing anything in this twilight hour? Nothing but a miracle like Pentecost, multiplied a hundred times, can touch today’s situation.
That, I am convinced, is exactly what God proposes to do. “In the last days, saith God, I will pour out of My Spirit upon all flesh…and your young men shall see visions…and on My servants and on My handmaidens I will pour out in those days of My Spirit” (Acts 2:17-18).
We may expect the same Spirit to be outpoured, not in Jerusalem alone, but upon every continent and every mission field, burning up the rubbish of religious snobbery and denominationalism, and consuming the Laodiceanism of our selfish ease and world-conformity, and equipping an army of Christ-captivated men and women to go out into the highways and byways of the earth and compel them to come in!
Take Up Your Sickle and Reap!
Pessimism in a Soldier of the Cross is nothing short of base unbelief. The Spirit of God is moving on the face of the waters, for the accomplishment of His will on earth. “This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come” (Matt. 24:14).
But the final and greatest engagement with the enemy for the planting of Christ’s standard in every corner of the globe is not going to be accomplished without sacrifice. Yet, if our blessed Lord, to save our souls from death, “steadfastly set His face to go to Jerusalem” (Luke 9:51), knowing what awaited Him there, shall we flinch at the cost of following? God forbid!
Rather, let us once and forever present our bodies a living sacrifice to God, then, with anointed eyes and a heart aflame, take up the sickle and reap! There is no time to lose, for “the night cometh, when no man can work!” (Rom. 12:1; John 9:24).