Workers Are Few

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Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. The he 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.” Matthew 9:35-38
This is one of the most important things Jesus ever said. When He and the orthodox spiritual leaders of His time looked at the crowds of ordinary people, they looked at them in different ways. The Pharisees saw them as chaff that was blown away by the wind and burnt. Jesus saw them as a harvest that had to be gathered. The Pharisees wanted to sinners destroyed; Jesus in his great love, died for the salvation of sinners.
This is also one of the great Christian truths, and one of the greatest challengers for Christians. The harvest will never be gathered unless there are people who harvest the crop. This is one of the burning truths of the Christian faith: Jesus needs people. While He was on earth, his voice didn’t reach that many people. He never left Palestine and there was a waiting world outside its borders. To this day he wants people to hear the good news of the gospel, but it will never be heard if people don’t spread it.
Prayer is not enough. We can pray everyday that the kingdom of God will come, but prayer without works is dead. It was Christ’s dream for each person to be a missionary or a harvester. If the harvest of humankind is ever to be reaped, there will have to be people who do it. Somewhere there is someone who we must lead them to God. God needs you and me to gather the harvest.

Grace and Peace to You My Friends

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