Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.Matthew 9:37-38
Jesus’ words to his disciples are still relevant today. The harvest is plentiful today. In other words, there are people today who are ready to believe the good news of Jesus Christ. What is the good news of Jesus Christ? Paul explains:
If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.Romans 10:9-10
There was a sermon given by a guy named Charles Spurgeon in the 1800’s about Matthew 9:37-38. He saw the same harvest opportunity then that we have today. Here are three quotes from his sermon:
We want laborers not loiterers. We need people on fire…you cannot reap wheat by standing a dozen yards off and shouting to it: you must go up close.
The very fact that there are so many souls perishing should be our argument for praying,
I would sooner you should burst in fanaticism, some of you, and become right down fools in enthusiasm, than remain as the church now is in a dead coolness, caring little for the souls of others.
To summarize Spurgeon’s quotes:
- Befriend people and be involved in their lives
- Pray for others to believe the gospel
- Don’t sit back, take risks for the sake of the caring for others
Currently, we have an excellent opportunity to see countless people believe in Jesus. That may feel daunting, but remember that it is God who is changing people. We are simply the faithful messengers of the good news that has changed our lives.
questions to consider
- What would it take for everyone in your state to hear the gospel by 2030?
- Do you believe following Jesus is as simple as Romans 10:9-10 says?
- What risk can you take for the sake of loving and caring for others?