From Your Pastor, March 2012

Dear Friends,
In Matthew 9:35-38 Jesus speaks of a great need. Read to see what He is speaking about.
35 Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness. 36 When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. 37 Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. 38 Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.”
Did you see Jesus’ emphasis on five things? The first emphasis is to see the people, the crowds. They were weary, helpless, and lost, kind of like a sheep without a shepherd. Sheep without a shepherd will roam without thinking of the danger they may be in or the needs they have for safety and survival. These people were lost and away from God; they did not know Him and His love, His greatness, or His care. The second emphasis from Jesus is for His disciples to see their Master’s compassion for the people. The third emphasis from Jesus is for His disciples to see that there was a great harvest available; people were ripe to hear the Word of God. The enemy had prepared his evil plans for them and they could not defend themselves. In their weakened condition of needing the guidance and hope that The Good Shepherd could provide, they would be responsive to the Gospel of the Lord Jesus. This was just not a few people, but the multitudes of those all around them; the harvest was plentiful. The fourth thing that Jesus emphasized in this scripture was the need for the disciples to see that the workers
in the harvest are few! The fifth emphasis is that the followers of Christ were to see that their responsibility was to pray to the “Lord of the Harvest” to send out more workers into His field.
How do we relate today to this scripture? First, it is clear that Jesus wants us to see the crowds of people today who are lost, without shepherding, and that they are wandering in danger of the enemy of our souls. Jesus still wants us, His church, to look out and to see them as they are, helpless and in need. Won’t you just take time to look out from your comfort zone and the confines of your protective home and see the crowds of lost people Jesus sees?
Second, He desires for us, you and me, to see our need for the same compassion that He had then and still has today, for the lost and dying humanity that we find ourselves around daily. Won’t you share your compassion with the lost and dying crowds?
Third, He wants us to see that there is still a large and “plentiful” harvest available. People are searching for spiritual answers to the problems of life. They want to know who God is and if He can help them in their problems and troubles. People are truly ripe today and ready to hear a true Gospel of salvation and forgiveness, to trust in something bigger than they are. Won’t you recognize for yourself, that the fields are white unto harvest?
Fourth, Jesus’ emphasizes to us that there just aren’t enough workers out there to bring in a harvest. It is so important to see the workers are still few. God has blessed the church but so few are willing to go into the fields armed with the Word of God and story of His love and forgiveness. Won’t you consider being a worker in God’s field?
Fifth, we need to see that our responsibility is to pray to the Lord that He will send laborers into His field do that there may be a harvest of souls for the Lord. What will it take for you to pray with passion and personal sincerity, seeking the Lord of the harvest to send laborers out? Where is the harvest field? It may be that the field you are to consider going into is your own neighborhood. That might be your harvest area. Others might be led to go into the fields of the world. Won’t you pray to God to send laborers to go into the harvest and then listen for God’s still, small voice which might say to you, “I want you to go for us.”
Training for going into the harvest will be February 26th from 5-7 pm, and April 29, May 6, and May 20 each at 6pm, and then May 23 at 6:45pm.