Last Sunday at the Harvest Service Dave Hopper used a bunch of bananas to remind us that God’s love is big enough to include and involve every one of us – whatever sort of banana we may be feeling like (cold & hard, brown & bruised, all squished up, cut up and hurting inside).
He also reminded the church that ‘we’re all in this together’ – and that we depend upon the activity of the Holy Spirit in one another in order to become ripe (mature).
Most of us are so far removed from the cycle of ‘seedtime and harvest’ that Harvest Thanksgiving can feel a bit abstract, even for the green-fingered among us who love to tend their plants. But the Thanksgiving is bigger than seedtime and harvest and green-fingered gardeners, because it reflects the whole ‘Creation Mandate’ given to humanity at the start of Genesis.
Because this mandate has never been removed, it means that each of us has a role to play – in the words of Christian academic Loren Wilkinson: “God invites [us] to participate with Him in shaping the world”. And this happens as each of us goes about our everyday work, as well as in our Community, enriching, friendship-building, gospel-proclaiming, body-of-Christ encouraging, and much more.
So, green fingered or not and whatever banana we may be, disciples of Christ are all sowers and reapers right where we are, confident that ‘He who supplies seed to the sower… will [also] enlarge the harvest of your righteousness’ (2 Corinthians 9:10).