LABORERS FOR THE HARVEST
Then he [Jesus] said to them, “The harvest truly is great, but the laborers are few;
therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.
Go your way; behold I send you out as lambs among wolves.”
If we look all around us—the people at home, the people on the streets, the people busy at work or school, the people selling merchandise at the mall, the people eating in restaurants—we often forget that they make up a great harvest of souls. In fact, these people we know and bump into day after day are merely a small percentage of the world’s population. This should make us wonder: how much of the world is aware that Jesus loves them and wants a relationship with them?
Let’s try to imagine all these people who are OUTSIDE ourselves: How many countries in the world are there? How many cities exist? How many streets? How many people live in each house on each street? How many of them have ever heard of the Gospel?
Jesus knows that the harvest is great, but that the laborers are few. Our own problems, our own deadlines, our own selves can be so much already for one person in 24 hours. How much more think of the world?
This is where selflessness and love come into the picture. We forget that Jesus loved people to the point of death. John 3:16, an often quoted verse, says: “For God so loved THE WORLD that He gave His one and only Son, that whosoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” Jesus decided to give His life to people even if it meant leaving the comfort of Heaven and death. Can we be like Jesus, too? Do we love people even when it is uncomfortable and inconvenient? We haven’t even loved them to the point of death!
If our inner love banks are lacking, then we can start praying for it. For us to ask God for laborers in the harvest field means that we must share the desire of God for the souls of men. Difficult? This does not come naturally, but this kind of desire can start growing in our hearts if we spend time with God. Prayer allows us to glimpse the heart our Savior. By spending time with Him, He will give us His heart for the harvest and His desire for more laborers.
Many times, we Christians stop at prayer. We forget the next word Jesus said after that: GO. Notice the whole sentence, “Go your way; behold I send you as lambs among wolves.”
This, my friends, is where we should take our prayers as seriously as God takes them. If we start asking God to send out laborers into the harvest field, then we must be willing to raise our hands and say, “Me, God! Can you use me?”
The wonderful thing about the harvest field is that we don’t have to go to another country just to share the Gospel of Jesus (although we certainly can go to the ends of the earth!). The Bible says “Go your way…” Where is your way? Where do you usually go to everyday? Who do you talk to? Who do you meet? Perhaps, instead of simply talking about the usual TV program or Facebook, or the weather, or that problem at work, or that test at school, you can start talk pointing people to the Savior of the world.
God knows that the world can be crafty and dangerous, but that does not stop Him from wanting to send us. We are lambs among the wolves. He knows that it actually TERRIFIES us to share the Gospel. Again, that doesn’t stop Him from wanting to send us. It should, however, drive US to go to Him so that we can gain courage and faith and love to do what He wants us to do.
It really is a challenge, but Christ’s love and His death on the cross are worth it. Are we ready to share Christ to the world? The world is hungry for Christ.