Leviticus 26:10 says, “You will still be eating last year’s harvest when you will have to move it out to make room for the new.” (NIV) The way this verse in this particular translation reads really jumped off the pages of scripture to me recently. It was if the Holy Spirit had just sent me a text message.
The ministry of CEF of Greater Huntington has exploded over the past four school years bringing us to a total of 59 schools having Good News Club/JYC’s with the 60th school set and ready to begin. That was the middle of March. Then… BOOM… everything stops. We were all “still...eating last year’s harvest” and had been for the last few years.
For some reason, that is yet to become completely clear to us, the Lord decided that it was time “to move it out to make room for the new.” We say it all the time in CEF, “The MESSAGE never changes but the METHOD can.” The only thing that can stop the Gospel is if we stop spreading it. The COVID-19 pandemic is a perfect illustration for that as well. To “slow the spread” we are being told that we need to wear masks to cover our faces and to socially distance ourselves from people to keep the virus from spreading. That same philosophy works on the Gospel. If we cover our mouths and don’t speak the Gospel and don’t interact with lost people, then the Gospel won’t spread. So what do we do?
We “make room for the new” ways of spreading the Gospel. Jesus makes the promise in Matthew 16:18 that “...I will build my church...” and since that is a promise then He has to keep it. So the ministry of the Gospel may not look the way we are used to. It may not be as easy and as comfortable as we hope it will be. It may mean that we have to get out of our comfort zones and be creative. It may mean that it’s not exactly the way we personally want it to be. Guess what? That’s a good thing!
We are never supposed to get comfortable “eating last year’s harvest” and we are to always be ready to “move it out to make room for the new.” God’s way is the only way to do it. Have you allowed the Lord to show you your “new” during this time? Don’t be guilty of “slowing” or worse yet, stopping, “the spread” of the Gospel!