“We talk of the Second Coming; half the world has never heard of the first.”
~ Oswald J. Smith
“The harvest is great, but the workers are few. So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask him to send more workers into his fields.”
~ Jesus Christ
Two thoughts to aid in digestion…
1) Most of us as believers see the times and the world around us and realize that we’re “in the Last Days” and nearing the Second Coming. That phrase doesn’t mean the same to all believers. To some I’ve met and know, it means we are right now in the Great Tribulation period (yes, I do know some believers who think this). To others it means we are getting close to that period (close meaning any day now, to maybe in my lifetime, to maybe in the next thousand years or longer).
To some it means that we should pray for the Lord to come and take us out of here. To others it means, pray for the Lord to keep us strong in our faith and to be faithful until He comes.
2) Jesus didn’t say this in Luke 10:2 (NLT) to an exclusive group of believers who were incapable of working in the field of souls or who were not expected to do so. Jesus was telling these disciples who were going into the harvest to pray that the Lord would also send others into the harvest.
This command is for us today too. The harvest truly is great and the workers are few. We should also pray for the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into the field of souls.
There is a catch.
This prayer which all believers should pray today, can only be prayed by those who are already going and working in the field of souls. You can’t pray for more workers to join you, if you aren’t already part of the workforce. If you are a believer and you’re not working in the field of souls, you’re not qualified to pray this prayer. Yet, you should be.
It would be like flabbily lounging in a Lazy-Boy recliner, munching on junk food, watching a triathlon, and muttering, “I need more exercise.” That’s not going to get it done.
We all have a job to do. It’s called the Great Commission. Let’s get to it.
Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
~ Matthew 28:18-20 (NLT)