Have you ever been reading the Bible when something jumps out at you with a clarity you have never seen before though you have read that exact same passage many times?
This happened to me as I was reading Matthew 9:35-38 recently.
Consider verse 37 in particular, “Then he (Jesus) said to his disciples, “the harvest is plentiful but the workers are few.” Hmmmm!
Jesus doesn’t seem to be saying it will be hard to find people who want to know him and follow him; indeed he is saying such people are plentiful!
I think as Australians in the 21st century we shake off that idea. Aussies are just not interested in spiritual things we think. Certainly the idea that the harvest is plentiful seems foreign to our actual experience.
But as I consider the number of people who attend things like the ‘Body, Mind and Psychic Expo’ in Adelaide each year, it would seem there are definitely a lot of people with a spiritual search. So what is the real issue?
“Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” v.38
The real issue is that there are not enough people willing to do the work of the harvest!
Have you heard the still small voice of God whispering a call to a work or a ministry that could result in a harvest? This whisper is an urgent one! Please don’t ignore it. Be Brave…Allow it to grow and bloom. Step out and follow it through.
Maybe you have been tempted to push aside that whisper as you wait for a better day, a braver moment, or a more sane idea. Today allow the following quote to penetrate your soul and be inspired to action, “Your view of life may be small, but nothing about your life is small. Every moment is granted for purposes we can’t see. Every breath is issued for eternal things left undone. We brush against people in checkout lines who will live forever in heaven or hell, and we contain God. Try to tell me your life is small. Feel the weight of the calling you have received, but not so you feel guilt. So that you feel great worth in your soul and in the work of your day.” ‘Restless’, by Jennie Allen
State MOPS Coordinator SA, Tas, Vic