Then Saith he unto his disciples, the harvest truly is plentious, but the labourers are few; Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest.
We read in this text of a plentious harvest. Jesus told his disciples on another occasion of fields white and ready for harvest (John 4:35). We have a lost and dying world all around us needing to hear the news of salvation from sin.
People are looking something. Their conciousness of guilt drives them to despair. The slavery to sinful actions cause them to cry with Paul, “who will deliver me from this body of sin and death? (Rom 7:24)
The answer lies in Jesus Christ who gave himself as an offering for sin, breaking the bond of slavery it holds over men and bringing them into new life. It is up to us to go and offer this news to the many around us. It may be family members, those who surround us in the workplace, or maybe people in a distant land. The main thing is that we go wherever we are led and are faithful in the call of God upon our lives as his followers to make disciples.
Notice that Jesus asked his disciples to pray that God would send workers into the harvest. Prayer is vital, and a great place to start. However, prayer will do no good if you are unwilling to be the answer to that prayer, as the disciples were. Read on in Matthew 10 and you will see Jesus then sent out his disciples.
Ultimately this is God’s harvest, but he uses us to work in his harvest. Will you be faithful?