February 27, 2017: Jesus’ Harvesters

Morning: Matthew 9:35-10:4; Noon: Numbers 6:22-11:30; Evening: Psalm 36

When Jesus said, “The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few,” He wasn’t kidding. Over seven billion people in the world today and climbing. Some statistics suggest this number will dip in time as fertility rates worldwide sustain a number that would gradually decline to zero, but this is of little relevance to those of us who walk with Jesus and recognize that every one of those seven billion souls will pass from temporal life here into eternal life there. Nearly two-thousand years ago, Jesus calls for what may be our most urgent and pressing need today, “Pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest”!

That prayer was immediately and partially answered in the account that followed in Matthew chapter ten, verses one through four. It should be no coincidence that our Lord followed the example of His own teaching and spent all night in prayer to God the day before, according to Luke. His prayer wasn’t just about who He would choose for His twelve as some have supposed, but that He would have anyone to choose at all! His night on the mountain was a response to the multitudes Jesus saw and was moved with compassion by. Jesus knew it was time to amplify His ministry, and he didn’t need a Jephthah like Moses did to tell him that the work was too much for one person to handle.

Today, Jesus disciples are still the answer to the Lord’s prayer for soul harvesters. It is too much for one person to handle. We all must do our part and work together. Some will conduct Bible studies. Some will invite to Bible studies. Some will share kind words and encourage. Some will speak firmly and warn sternly. Some will organize and head spiritual activities. Some will be the hands and feet of the spiritual activities. Some will write. Some will talk. Some will lead. Some will help. “Are all teachers?” said Paul. “Are all workers…?” said Paul. The answer is, “No.” We are a diversity like the twelve Jesus chose. We all have a role and a part to play that contributes in its own unique way. Let us only be certain of this… That we go out to the field and labor!

For the harvest truly is plentiful but the laborers are… still few!


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