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.” Matthew 9.37-38
At the end of Matthew chapter 9 Jesus spoke to His disciples about the harvest.
His words are so well known that they sometimes lose their impact or impact us in a way that they are He didn’t intend.
The harvest is huge – it is not small
The first thing to note about what Jesus said is the way He describes the harvest. The harvest is plentiful. It’s huge!
If the harvest is plentiful, we have grounds for expecting to reap a huge harvest.
The problem with the harvest is not the harvest. It is the lack of people who will work to bring in the harvest.
Heavenly conviction about our role in bringing in the harvest is crucial to bringing in the harvest.
We need to have a real concern for people. Jesus did.
But concern in itself will not enable us to reap the harvest. We need a heavenly conviction that we have been sent into the harvest field.
It might seem unusual that Jesus simply exhorts the disciples to pray that workers would be sent into the harvest field. Especially since Matthew 10.5 records that He sent them Himself!
When we pray about the harvest in the way Jesus instructed His disciples, we develop a conviction that we are central to bringing in the harvest. In short we become the answer to our own prayers.
The harvest field is His – it doesn’t belong to the devil
Finally, the harvest field belongs to God – not the devil.
Sometimes we talk about the harvest as though we are going into Satan’s territory. Without in any way diminishing the forces of darkness and their opposition to the gospel, it is worth acknowledging that the harvest belongs to God.
Understanding that the harvest belongs to God, gives us confidence in our witness.