Then Jesus went around to all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people. But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he spoke to his disciples saying, “The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest” (Mathew 9: 35 – 38.)
Vast numbers of people had traveled great distances to be healed, to see miracles, and to hear Jesus speak. As he looked upon the sea of lost and broken souls, his heart swelled with compassion. These men and women, having been denied the truth for so long, had become spiritually malnourished. Many weary souls eagerly devoured the gospel; and with it they received salvation through faith in God’s only Son. Jesus, realizing the enormous task that lay ahead, instructed his disciples to pray that the Father would send more workers in to the fields; that countless others might be delivered from death.
Many in the world today are unfamiliar with agricultural practices; yet during the time of Christ, farming was a close and intimate part of daily living. Modern farmers often utilize large machines to gather their crops; ancient farmers however, had to harvest their wheat by hand. When the grain had ripened, nearly every member of the household was recruited to assist in collecting the produce. Sometimes not even an entire family was enough; farmers would then hire seasonal laborers to assist them in accomplishing their goals [Note: A proper harvest was such an essential part of first century life, that warring armies would regularly call a truce during the reaping season; so the soldiers could return home to work in the fields.]
Today, there are billions of lost souls wandering this earth; currently unaware that God has sent His only Son that they might have eternal life. Those who believe and receive the message are in turn called to be messengers. True Christians must share in the labors of Jesus Christ, by delivering the gospel to those who are starving for truth. The fields are vast, the harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. We must pray that God would send more workers to aid in gathering His crop. As you labor for Christ, may compassion fill your heart; may love reign in your soul; and may God use you to convey His message to those who are in need.
“Lord Heavenly Father, may we share in Your labors; may we be filled with mercy and love; may we continually seek to deliver the gospel message to those who are perishing. We pray that You would send more workers in to the fields; that Your harvest might be plentiful. May the lost be found; may sinners repent; and may salvation be received by those who will come to believe. We love You Father, we praise You, and we thank You, and we ask and pray all of these things, according to you’re will, in Jesus Christ’s name, Amen.” God bless all of you.