Because I am a Christian, I choose to dedicate my Sunday posts to the worship of my God. I love to explore the Bible and listen to what God is trying to tell me about how to live this earthly life. I hope you can glean some Truth from my words and apply it to your own life. Blessings!
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.”
I was especially moved to meditate on this Scripture today. On Friday morning, at the break of dawn, my husband and I met at our little town church to pray with our Youth Ministers as they readied to make a trip to an Apache Indian reservation in upstate New Mexico. These Ministers were youthful and exuberant, on fire to make this a spiritual experience, not only for the teenagers and adolescents that would be making their first mission trip, but for the people they would meet on the other end.
This verse particularly struck me .... but the laborers are few. That was certainly true for our little group, who were small in number; only about 9 or 10 youth from our small church, and a handful of adults, including the Pastor and Youth Ministers. But what is small in man's eye, Jehovah God can use to move mountains.
This little group of God's disciples had high hopes of reaching the reservation after a long 14-hour drive; enough time to get a few hours of sleep before enjoying a special tribal celebration the next morning. They were going to be "roughing" it, sleeping on the floor of the reservation church for 7 nights and working through the days, doing much-needed repairs on the reservation. But they would also be conducting a Vacation Bible School program for the children of the tribe, sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ and what He accomplished on the cross for each of us.
It didn't take long for Satan to try to destroy their mission and their joy at having the opportunity to serve others. Just a few hours from home, there was a problem with the axle on the trailer that carried their food, supplies and tools. I received a text that they were waiting for a wrecker to come and assess the damage. They would get back to us as soon as they knew the damage. I texted back that God would use this somehow for His glory, and I could tell from the response that Satan was not going to win this round; their spirits were high and they were not about to be discouraged.
In fact, within a couple of hours they were back on the road, and they reported that they had been given the opportunity to share their message with four different people while they were stranded; a couple waiting to attend an AA meeting, a "really cool" welder at the repair shop, and the owner of the business who needed prayer for a bad case of the shingles. Satan's plan to dishearten them was turned into a Godly delay for His purpose. Isn't our God awesome? The harvest had begun!
Which should make each of us stop and think about how we are laboring for God's harvest. The Spirit is telling me that the time to gather the Harvest is getting short; that we need to be about our labor for the Father. I think it is safe to say that Christians in America have been negligent in doing our part in bringing in the Harvest. Do you ever feel a nudge to speak to someone about Jesus, but stop yourself out of fear of how it will be received? Do you think, "I'm not good at this?" If we would just realize that another person's eternal life is at stake, how could we not take the chance of being rebuffed or embarrassing ourselves? It is not about us, but glorifying God, and the salvation of our fellow man! I am thrilled that our little band of harvesters have answered the call, and I pray that their efforts will yield souls for Christ. Father, protect them and fill them with your Spirit, so that all may see your Glory!