Category : General
Matt. 9:37 (KJV)
37 Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few.
As if Christ had said, “There is a great number of people that are willing and prepared to receive instructions, but there are but few who are able to instruct these poor people in the ways of righteousness and truth; therefore pray and plead with God, that He would provide skillful and faithful ministers to be sent out to preach the gospel throughout the world.”
Christ here asked His disciples to pray for that which He Himself was about to initiate, namely, the sending forth of more witnesses to the truth of the kingdom. The sending forth of the Twelve was Jesus’ own response to the marvelous opportunity for reaping a great harvest of souls. Significantly, Christ asked the disciples to pray about it; and he himself continued all night in prayer before naming the Twelve (Luke 6:12,13). In view of this, should Christ’s disciples today undertake any project without prayer for guidance and blessing? If Jesus leaned so heavily upon the arm of prayer, how much more should his disciples ask, and seek, and knock to obtain that providential support, without which every human endeavor must inevitably come to naught?
The old preacher Vance Havner used to say, “The tragedy of our time is that the situation is desperate but the saints are not.” We are living in desperate times. And desperate times demand action. We are living in a time when little boys kill little girls, teenagers take out their revenge on other teenagers, people steal and cheat and kill because they simply demand their own way. We live in a lost and broken world that is desperate for the good news of Jesus Christ.
The question is do we care enough about them and want to see them saved by the grace of God. I pray that we may never come to the place where we are okay or become complacent with their condition. I pray that we may come to the place where we become willing to go into the harvest and reap is for Jesus sake!
“If there be any one point in which the Christian church ought to keep its fervor at a white heat, it is concerning missions. If there be anything about which we cannot tolerate lukewarmness, it is the matter of sending the gospel to a dying world.” ~ Charles Spurgeon.
Have a Great and God filled Day