Jesus Sends Us to the Harvest
Have you been called to go by Jesus?
Have you prayed to be sent?
Are you ready to go?
Do you have authority to minister?
Have you been anointed?
Jesus told His disciples to pray the God of the Harvest to send laborers.
They must have done so.
This is a case of be careful what you pray for. You just might get it.
Jesus heard the prayer of the disciples.
He called the twelve.
Those he had chosen to be closest to Him.
The ones who’d seen His miracles.
The ones who prayed with Him.
The ones whom He taught.
The ones who crossed the spiritual sea to follow Him.
The ones who left everything to follow Him.
Jesus changed these men.
He called them.
He gave them opportunity to be His disciples – His Talmidim,
They took the opportunity and hung on His every word.
Now it was time for their debut.
It was time for Jesus to send them out on their own.
As leaders we are on our own. But we can’t think that.
We make the decision to allow Jesus to send us.
But we should always seek help.
Let’s add people to our tribe are willing to help us progress our ministry and evangelism.
But first we have to make the decision to go.
Jesus send us. Jesus anointed them as apostles which means messenger.
He gave them their orders.
As Jesus sent them; Jesus sends us.
Go to the lost sheep of Israel – they are the priority. Many had repented being baptized by John the Baptist. John was planting the seed. The Apostles would not bring in the harvest.
They were not to go the the Gentiles or to the Samaritans – there’d be time enough for that later.
They were not to concerns themselves with money to pay for their mission. They were not to take along an overnight bag. They were not to think about food.
A laborer deserves his food and his keep.
The Apostles were to travel from town to town preaching the Gospel, healing people and driving out demons.
They would find a place to stay in each village. If they were not accepted they were to tell the village citizens of the pending doom because of their decision to reject Jesus and the Gospel.
Note that Jesus did not say they were to stay and keep working until you convince non-believers. He did not instruct them to keep statistics about the number of people harvested.
So the question is how and where do we fit in? We fit in because Jesus sends us. He sends us according to His word through the Holy Spirit.
Going takes faith and trust.
Going without supplies takes extraordinary faith and trust.
It’s not easy. But we know that.
Jesus sends us. That’s why we have ministry and evangelism.
We have people following us on our website-blog and social media accounts.
What has to happen for us to go? To reach out to people in need? To encourage others to follow Jesus and to follow our lead?
Law of the Harvest
In fall our thoughts turn to cooler temperatures, the start of a new school year and football season.
Many people consider the fall of the year the best of all the seasons.
One thought that comes to my mind in the fall is the harvest, where the farmers gather in the bounty of their labors.
The harvest does not come easy. There is preparation and care required.
Just what do farmers have to do to produce a great harvest?
They had to get out in early spring, and prepare the soil, tilling it and adding nutrients.
Then came time to plant the seeds. They purchased seeds from good stock.
While planting, they carefully made sure they were distributed in the proper proportions and spacing.
Next weeks turned into months as they fertilized, watered, weeded and nurtured the emerging small plants that would yield the the harvest.
This is a wonderful process, but what does it mean to you and me?
We need to follow the law of the harvest in order to reach our goals.
We “prepare the soil” by identifying what we want to accomplish and develop a plan to make it happen.
We “plant seeds” by helping other people, developing sound relationships in turn.
After all, we can’t reach our goals in a vacuum.
We need other people. So, if we have great relationships we can call on people we know to help us along the way.
This is true in our personal lives and in our business lives. Planting seeds is probably the most important work we do.
We “nurture the seeds” by continuing to help others – daily, weekly, and monthly.
When you first meet someone and plant a seed by asking how we can help them and acting on it you have just begun building the relationship.
We need to continue in the mode to build a strong “plant” or relationship that will eventually yield a harvest.
We “harvest” a relationship by asking for help when we need it. But the key is you can’t harvest the relationship too soon, just as the farmer waits until the right time to pick the fruit.
We harvest in direct proportion to our preparation, they quality of our “seeds”, the quantity of “seed”, and the work we put into nurturing.
So, here is the question.
Which of your activities would you change if you were more interested in planting seeds and nurturing them than gathering in the harvest?
What is you harvest?
How do you help people prepare for and reap their own harvest.
Are you willing to be a laborer?
The harvest is plentiful.
There is much to do.
And we are the ones Jesus is calling to do it.
We are to bring in the harvest.
Jesus did not show favorites.
He traveled, preach and healing.
He went to the temple. He taught in the temple.
He went to the small synagogues in poor villages.
There were many needing help. They were physically and more importantly spiritually depleted.
When Jesus looked upon them He had compassion.
Jesus wished others had the same compassion.
Jesus wished wished others would see their helplessness and show them mercy.
They no longer felt close to their creator.
David wrote many Psalms seeking God; asking Him to restore His soul.
The people has moved was from their God.
There was a void in spiritual leadership.
It was not a few. It was many.
They needed to know their God loved them.
They needed to know there was hope for them
They needed to know that God was willing to redeem them.
But they did not know how.
Jesus told hid disciples that the harvest was plentiful.
There was a real need for laborers to bring souls back to God.
What was true then is true now.
Jesus asked his disciples to pray God would send laborers.
We are potential laborers. The harvest is plentiful today.
Our ministry and evangelism puts us in a position to restore souls to God. To bring people to Jesus.
We should still pray God sends people. We should pray God sends us.
It is important we go. It is important we use our ministry and evangelism to raise more laborers.
Let me know your thoughts. Let me know what you think we should do. Let me know your ideas of how to mobilize laborers.