Jesus said, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few.” Part of the reason that the harvest is always more plentiful than the workers is that the workers are praying for someone else to go. Are you willing to be part of the harvest of the Lord?
1 After this the Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them two by two ahead of him to every town and place where he was about to go. 2 He told them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field. 3 Go! I am sending you out like lambs among wolves.”
Once Jesus had taught his disciples on the cost of following him and the resolve it takes to be part of the mission of God, he then sent 72 missionaries to be the advance teams in front of where they were traveling. If we keep reading we see that he describes these journeys like lambs going out among wolves. The red carpet was not always out for Jesus and his followers.
The harvest of God is plentiful, Jesus said. The harvest is not the problem. In fact, the harvest can keep up with the workers all day every day. It is plentiful. It is the workers who are few in number. Why is that?
I think we understand why when we read Luke 9, in which the worker on God’s mission must be a servant and selfless and more focused on the mission than on personal desires and relationships. That’s not an easy harvest. Yet the harvest is plentiful. As many followers who are willing to achieve greatness through serving and denying themselves will gather up the great harvest of God.
Jesus told his followers to ask the Lord of the harvest to send out workers. We ought to ask God to send people into the fields for harvesting so that the plentiful harvest of God can be gathered. We’re okay with that, aren’t we? Oh God, please send someone to go and reach the tribes in the jungle. Send someone to reach the unchurched people in that atheist nation in Europe. Send someone into the poorest areas of town to reach the hungry and addicted. Oh, send someone else, Lord…
We are often okay with the Lord of the harvest prayer because we get to ask God to send someone else out for that harvest. Part of the reason that the harvest is always more plentiful than the workers is that the workers are praying for someone else to go…
And then Jesus drops the bomb. What does he say next? Go. Go! We can pray for God to send out the workers, yet we have to realize that we are the workers. Pray and then be ready and willing to respond to the call yourself.
13 “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” 14 How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? 15 And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!”
Paul identifies for us that everyone (the harvest is plentiful) who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. Yet they must believe to call on God. And they must hear to believe. And someone must preach for them to hear. And someone must go to preach. Go…
Would you listen to God’s voice to Go and be part of the harvest? The someone else is you!