Wednesday’s word: “What are you planning on doing about the Harvest?” by Rev. Maxwell via Matthew 9:35-38
Jesus saw a dispirited and distressed crowd; yet attentive to His words and attracted to His works. He had compassion on them and then taught that there is huge harvest already available.
What do you see when you see people?
When we see people, especially those who crowd (come and go) attentive the words (teaching) and attracted works of the Lord (love), they are a part of God’s harvest.
When we see crowds distressed, dispirited, distraught (wandering around without guidance from a shepherd) yet showing up for inspirational and demonstrative relief, they are the harvest.
So, what should we do about the harvest?
- We need to perceive there is a plentiful harvest. If you can’t see the harvest, you’re either in the wrong place or not looking up paying attention (John 4:35).
- We need to have passion for the harvest. People hurting or lacking need compassion in action.
- We need to participate in collecting the harvest. We are God’s plan A. Though a labor, it also shows love.
- We need to pray the Lord send additional workers to join you. Don’t complain about a shortage; pray the Lord re-stocks it. Don’t stop your work because of few workers, pray for more.
If God grants you an opportunity to share the gospel, then He trusts you to share and desires to impact others through you. ~ Pastor Harvey
“Jesus went throughout all the cities and villages [in Galilee], teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the good news (gospel) of the kingdom, and healing every kind of disease and every kind of sickness [His words and His works reflecting His Messiahship]. When He saw the crowds, He was moved with compassion and pity for them, because they were dispirited and distressed, like sheep without a shepherd. Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest is [indeed] plentiful, but the workers are few. So pray to the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into His harvest (MATTHEW 9:35-38).””
Now, what are you planning on doing about the harvest?