Then Jesus made a circuit of all the towns and villages. He taught in their meeting places, reported kingdom news, and healed their diseased bodies, healed their bruised and hurt lives. When he looked out over the crowds, his heart broke. So confused and aimless they were, like sheep with no shepherd. “What a huge harvest!” he said to his disciples. “How few workers! On your knees and pray for harvest hands!” Matthew 9:35-38 Message
This could have been our town. These people could have been us. Hearts broken, oppressed, living in fear, diseased, confused and wandering aimlessly, no peace of mind or hope. And the thought of the massive harvest of souls, ripe and ready for the picking. Still the same cry, “How few workers! Pray for harvesters!”
Today I see the church with a mandate to pick up their sickle and harvest. I hear the call of God to heal the sick, raise the dead, preach the good news, but all I hear is whiners, complainers, doomsday preachers. I see few with faith, who trust in God. Rather I see those who trust in doctors, wealth and fame. Who has the compassion of Jesus? Who is moved to heal the sick? Where are those who offer hope to the hopeless. No longer is the Kingdom of Heaven near, it’s in us. When will we the body of Christ finally take this mandate seriously and do our part?
Rise up, you women who are at ease, hear my voice; you complacent daughters, give ear to my speech. Isaiah 32:9
We have our marching orders. Let’s arm ourselves with the Word and go take this harvest. Let’s radically trust in the ability of our God. For truly He has given us this city! He accompanies those who trust in Him.
Father, we call forth harvesters from the north, the south, the east and the west. We see that souls are ready, ripe to see the power and demonstration of You, our God. May we not just talk about it, but may we walk it out in our neighborhoods, our jobs, our market places, our hospitals and anywhere where people gather. May we be Your ambassadors in the earth. May we hear You say to the angels, “Look, there they go! Accompany them! Listen to their words and make it so!” For Jesus and His glory, Amen.