Google+ 12/23/12 Day Laborers Wanted!

Matthew 9:36-38

 

When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them

Because they were confused and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.

He said to his disciples, “The harvest is great, but the workers are few.

So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask him to send more workers into his fields.” 

 

I must confess that there are times when I wonder how I will accomplish all the tasks God has given me on any given day.  I look over my landscape and feel much like Jesus felt in our Scripture today.  Remember that this passage of Scripture comes at the beginning of Jesus' ministry.  Jesus has called His disciples and they and He are moving forward with the earthly ministry.  Jesus has begun His healing.  Matthew records in verses 20-35 how Jesus has healed the woman who dared touch His garment, gave two blind men their sight, and gave speech to a dumb man.  Jesus has been very busy!  As Jesus was traveling from town to town and saw the massive crowds that were following Him, Matthew says that Jesus has compassion on them.  The reason Jesus has compassion on them is crucial to us as we seek to understand Jesus' ministry.  Jesus identifies that the people are all confused and helpless and are without a shepherd to lead them.  Even for someone who is half divine, Jesus states that this is an immense task.  He explains it by comparing it to something they will understand.  Jesus discusses a vast harvest with not enough workers to tend to the fields.  As we all know, any crop that is left in the field too long, will rot and whither.  Souls are included in this disaster.  Our lesson for today is simple.  We can't put off "working in the fields" when the "crops" are ripe for the harvest.  When it comes to people, we may very well have one chance at explaining the love of Christ to them.   We must realize that God has been preparing His "harvest" for a long time.  These souls are becoming "ripe" for picking.  The time is now!  This is why we are to work for the Kingdom every day until Jesus comes back for us.  We can't be "slackers."  Jesus was both encouraging and admonishing to His disciples.  Jesus said to pray that God would send more workers into the fields.  Jesus is telling us the same thing today.  Look at the sign that should be posted outside every Local New Testament Church.  It is calling to you.  It says, "Day Laborers Wanted. Work is hard and continuous.  Wages are low, but benefits are fabulous.  Apply to God within!"