"Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.”
As I gathered my bounty of ripe strawberries and tomatoes, I could not shake this verse out of my mind. The harvest was massive. I picked some, I left some, and I witnessed others rot in the heat of the scorching sun and the hungry bugs. The harvest is plentiful, Jesus said. There is much work to be done but not enough people willing to do it. We are more content with other tasks like admiring the beauty of the field or warming our tushies to get up and do something for the Kingdom of God. We get to so comfy and cozy in the warmness of our benches, it becomes a chore to get up and labor for lost souls.
There are so many people who have yet to hear the name of Jesus uttered. There are millions who have not accepted Jesus as their Savior. There are millions more who are literally dying without anyone telling them "Jesus loves you so much He died that you may live." There are crowds of young people living in a trance wondering if this is all there is to life. Like that young man rambling on his cell phone while panting through South Beach. He could not find his car anywhere and was desperately looking for it. You see, the weekend before, He'd had so much to drink and had smoked so much marijuana (this is what He was saying!), that He could not even remember how he ended up in this place. It was all a blur.
This world needs Jesus, friends. That young man needed Jesus. I hope he found his Mercedes, but even more, I pray that He will find Jesus, the One who gave it all for him to live abundantly, enjoying of the peace and joy that only comes from a relationship with Jesus.
The harvest is plentiful. There is much work to do. What am I doing for the ripened harvest of souls ready to hear about Jesus? What are you doing for the Kingdom of God? The workers are few. Are you willing to take up the job?