“And He was saying to them, “The Harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore beseech the Lord of the Harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.
Go; behold I send you out as lambs in the midst of wolves.”
Are you ready to get in the game?
God needs players who are willing to get off the bench and into the game!
I recently saw a television commercial for a company of which I have forgotten the name. I don’t watch much television and even fewer commercials but what caught my eye was a tennis match, presumably Wimbledon, with a packed stadium. As the competitors battled it out, one fellow in a suit and tie decided he could help out so he vaulted the railing, whipped out a tennis racket and leaped onto the court, vigorously returning the opponent’s volleys. As other members of the previously mundane audience saw what he had done, they too began to leap to the court, one by one, until everyone in the stands was rushing to get in the game.
Though I realize this was meant to be comical and nothing more than a spoof, I wonder what the world would be like if Christians exhibited the same enthusiasm to help their team win. Someone once said that the only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing. You see, being passive isn’t being neutral. In effect you’re saying to the enemy, “go ahead and do what you want, you don’t have to worry about me, I’m not in the game.”
Now don’t get me wrong, I’ll be the first to admit that “life happens!” I know there are kids, school, mortgage payments, car repairs, doctor appointments and unexpected medical problems. Hey, that’s life, right? But at the same time we are all too often guilty of not looking at the big picture. God wants us to see what He is doing! As a matter of fact He wrote an entire book to get us to see the big picture, it’s called the Bible! Not only does he want us to see what He is doing, He wants us to be a part of His work! Did you get that? The God of the universe, Creator of all things wants to use you! God is saying to each of us, “If you’ll just spend a little time with Me, I’ll show you what I’m up to, I’ll use you to do things you never thought you could do, and I’ll bless you beyond belief for being a part of My work!”
Jesus said here in Luke, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few;” – the fruit is ripe for picking, the souls are ready to be won, but we don’t have many people on our team! Or maybe I should say we have lots of people on our team, as a matter of fact our team is growing every day, but the majority of them choose to stay on the bench and never get into the game!
Many times in the vast wheat fields of the mid-west, when it comes time for the harvest, there is only a small window of time to get the crop in before it goes to ruin in the field, sometimes only a few days. To do it alone would take weeks, but the farmers band together and work as a team. I’ve watched for hours as combine after combine after combine rolls down the road to go help a neighbor get his crop in. It’s an impressive sight to see these massive machines hit the field, one beside the other; each devouring a 30 foot swath of grain as they cover what seems like an endless field in only hours. A task that would take one man many weeks to accomplish, has been finished in an afternoon. You know how that happens? Each one does his part. He doesn’t have to worry about the whole field, he doesn’t have to worry about the strip on his left or the strip on his right, he just takes that part that’s been given to him and concentrates all his efforts on harvesting what lies before him!
That’s all God asks of us! Individually, we don’t have to worry about the whole world. God just wants us to take that part of the field that He’s put before us and concentrate our efforts on harvesting it! Now you’re going to ask “How do I know what part of the field is mine?” Well, what opportunities have you had? Have you been offered a chance to go on outreach with your local church? Have you been invited to take part in a local ministry, teach a Sunday School class? Have you had the opportunity to go on a foreign mission trip? Those are all ways that God puts the harvest before us! Pray! Ask God to show you where he needs laborers! He’ll show you, I promise!
As Christians, we all too often take the attitude that “If I don’t do it, somebody else will.” My question to you is this – what if they don’t? Isn’t it ironic that we pray so often for God to send others to help here or to help there, but we never pray for God to send us? What if every farmer took that attitude when the wheat was ripe? Nobody would be able to finish; the harvest would be gone. God needs each of us to step up to the plate; get off the bench and into the game! Join your team, we need you!
Love in Christ,