Matthew 9: 37-38 Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.”
I read “The harvest is plentiful” and I get overwhelmed. The first thing that comes to mind is the large, daunting task at hand. Compound the great harvest with everything I need to do as a Pastor, all the bills I need to pay, all the work that needs to be done on our home and all the things I’ve dreamed of doing and it leads me to feel like the harvest is virtually impossible.
However, I was encouraged when I noticed two things I’ve never seen before in this chapter. First of all, Jesus says, “into His harvest.” The fields and the work is God’s! Jesus isn’t challenging me to go into something that God hasn’t already prepared in advance. Jesus is challenging me to go and work a field that God owns. Surely, the owner will give me the proper tools and help to work His harvest.
Secondly, I noticed Jesus didn’t just approach large crowds; he worked on people one at a time. I have known Jesus works one by one but I never noticed how many times in Matthew 9. Jesus heals a paralyzed man. Jesus singles Matthew the tax collector out of the entire house party. Jesus heals a bleeding woman, in a crowd I might add and then revives a girl from the dead. Jesus spices it up a little and heals two blind men at once (still not the entire harvest). Lastly, Jesus delivers a mute man who was possessed by a demon and His voice returns.
Jesus may have said the harvest is huge but he didn’t say the way you have to reach it will have to be a huge operation. Neither did Jesus demonstrate one way of harvesting the field. The point is…He was tackling the harvest, am I?
I am encouraged that I can reach one life at a time. I am discouraged if I am working the fields alone or with only a handful of laborers.
Let’s work together, harvesting one life at a time. And let’s remember whose field we are working and the power and authority He gives us to work.