The phrase “Carpe Diem” is credited to the Roman poet Horace who uttered these words over 2000 years ago. Translated it means “seize the day” or “make the most of the present moment.” While the use of the phrase can lead a person to live a self-serving, hedonistic life, the Latin word for “seize” can also mean “harvest.”
A passage from Matthew helps us understand “Carpe Diem” from a Godly perspective. In 9:37, Jesus “said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” Immediately after saying this, Jesus sends His disciples out on their first missionary journey.
For us, a question continues, “How can we “harvest the day” for God’s glory? Is there someone in your family who needs to hear the encouraging words of Jesus? How about neighbors or co-workers? Church friends? People living in desperate conditions?
Matthew continues Jesus’ words in 9:38, “Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” We are never the “Lord of the harvest”--that’s God. But, we have the privilege of being workers in His field.
Let’s “seize” this Advent season and keep our eyes on the harvest. Be missionaries of God’s great love. Carpe Diem!