The bible says that while traveling from town to town teaching the good news Jesus “saw the crowds,(and) had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then 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.” Matt. 35-38.
Today, at this very moment in time, the amount of work remaining for the kingdom of God is staggering. It can be be overwhelming and disheartening to look and see so much brokenness in the world arounds us. It’s even more difficult when we consider our calling as Christians goes well beyond just caring for others. We’re called to share the Gospel and disciple others to be transformed into the image of Jesus himself. This task would be impossible if God hadn’t left us two keys in accomplishing it.
First, Matthew says “He has compassion on them”(v.36). Have you stopped and considered the inclination of your own heart? What motivates you? Are we being moved by compassion like Christ? Do we sense the helplessness of the souls around us or are we just checking off the boxes of our never ending Christian checklist?
Second, the mission seems impossible because we typically attempt to do things in our own strength. In this text Jesus reminds us to to look above and pray, to seek help from the God of the harvest. This is great news! God is the one who sends out the workers and we don’t have to do it on our own. We, however, must be intentional about praying for additional workers.
Are you praying for your disciples to multiply and make more disciples? Are we asking the Lord of the harvest for more gathers? And are we being moved by compassion towards the lost souls around us?
Lord give us compassion in our hearts for the people around us. Give us discernment to turn to you and not ourselves. Grant that we might see more workers in the fields of your harvest. In Jesus name amen.
By Reem Campos