Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest truly is plentiful, but the labourers are few. Therefore, pray the Lord of the harvest to send out labourers into His harvest.”
- Matthew 9:37-38
What strikes me first about these verses comes in their context. Directly before them it tells us that Jesus was, “moved with compassion”. The multitudes that He could see were “weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd”. Moved with compassion, Jesus saw the needs of the people, He went to them, He preached the Good News to them and He healed their sick. This was harvesting. In these verses, Jesus turns to His disciples and pointing out that the harvest was plentiful asks them to pray for more labourers to bring it in. Directly after this in Chapter 10 we see that Jesus names the 12 disciples, commissions, empowers them, and sends them out. They became the answer to their own prayers, to send out the labourers into the harvest.
The call of Jesus is the same today. The world is still broken, weary and scattered like sheep without a shepherd and the harvest is plentiful, ripe for harvesting and still the labourers are few.
The question is not, “Are there people whose hearts are ready to hear the gospel?” The question is, “Where are the people ready to take it to them?” Are you brave enough to not only pray for labourers to go into the harvest, but be prepared
to be part of the answer? Compassion moved Jesus. His compassion in us, can move us too.
Jesus, Lord of the harvest, I pray that You continue to send out labourers into the harvest to do what You did. To be moved with compassion; to see the needs of those around them, to preach the gospel and to heal the sick. May I be part of the answer? Here I am Lord, send me. Amen.
Ask the Lord to give you a divine appointment today. To open your eyes to see the needs of someone you meet and to give you the boldness to share the hope of the gospel with them.