Matthew 9:35-38 The Need for Workers
35 Jesus traveled through all the towns and villages of that area, teaching in the synagogues and announcing the Good News about the Kingdom. And he healed every kind of disease and illness. 36 When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them because they were confused and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. 37 He said to his disciples, “The harvest is great, but the workers are few. 38 So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask him to send more workers into his fields.”
- Jesus had compassion on the people
- Compassion – Jesus not only sees but perceives, original Greek word for compassion means to be stirred so much you can’t eat, feel sick.
- The harvest is great, but the workers are few. There is a need for more workers.
- Pray, asking God to send more workers.
What are you praying for?
Compassion – are you stirred by what is going on?
Urgency – don’t wait too long, the harvest is ready.
Workers – many workers needed
34 Then Jesus explained: “My nourishment comes from doing the will of God, who sent me, and from finishing his work. 35 You know the saying, ‘Four months between planting and harvest.’ But I say, wake up and look around. The fields are already ripe[a] for harvest. 36 The harvesters are paid good wages, and the fruit they harvest is people brought to eternal life. What joy awaits both the planter and the harvester alike! 37 You know the saying, ‘One plants and another harvests.’ And it’s true. 38 I sent you to harvest where you didn’t plant; others had already done the work, and now you will get to gather the harvest.”
Our world has a plentiful harvest of souls waiting to know and accept Jesus. And, God has given each of us a different role in that harvest. What are you called to do? Don't delay, the time to harvest is now.