I’m a city girl at heart. I realize growing up in a city of 17,000 does not really scream major metropolis but when I include the surrounding cities there are over 100,000 people. So when I moved to a small town of 400 eleven years ago it was a whole new world to me. There is a post office, a library and 3 bars. That’s it! I have to travel for groceries and gas or anything else. (All the back country roads look EXACTLY the same to me as they twist and turn) People continually talking about going north and south…east and west. I’ve learned to just smile because I have no idea which direction is which even after 11 years out here.
While driving to the city one day, the road passed a huge cucumber field. It was literally acres and acres of cucumbers almost as far as the eye could see. They seemed to go on for miles. There amidst the vastness I saw about 5 migrant workers. They were hand picking the baby cucumbers off the vines on their hands and knees. I’m told this is how we get the baby dills in our grocery stores. I remember being in awe of them and the seemingly impossible job that lay before them. I was trying to take in the vastness of the fields that needed to be harvested (while keeping one eye on the road). I thought, “How would they ever get all those acres of cucumbers picked by hand? How many man hours would this job take with so few of workers?”
Right at that moment the scripture “the harvest is plentiful but the workers are few” (Matt 9:37) came to mind. Never before had I had a clearer picture of what this scripture is saying. My heart just went out to these few workers and the immense job they had to do. How would they do it? How will they ever finish it? Then I thought, “How would we do it?” From a spiritual perspective our circumstances are not that different. There is an enormous job we face if we want to harvest souls for the Lord. Are we ready? Are we willing? Will we “GO” into the harvest field and labor hard for souls? The migrant workers were dressed and ready for work (Luke 12:35). They work long, hard days through summer heat until their job is done and that’s just for pickles!! What are we willing to go through for a human being? To see a soul saved for all eternity? Oswald Chambers in his October 16th writing states that the key to Matthew 9:38 is “Pray the Lord of the harvest…..” Are we praying for the Lord Jesus to send out workers into his harvest field? Here’s a quick excerpt: “From Jesus Christ’s perspective, there are no nations, but only the world. How many of us pray without regard to the persons, but with regard to only one Person-Jesus Christ?” Are you and I willing to labor (pray) hard in the harvest field o
f souls until the task is done? I encourage you to take a moment, focus your attention on God, and say, “here am I Lord, send me!”
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