And Jesus went throughout all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, "The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest." - Matthew 9:35-38We spent a bit talking about the compassion Jesus had on the multitude. What does it mean for Jesus to have had compassion? And then we talked about whether or not we really have compassion on people and how our lives and ministry would look different if we really believed everyone around was damned to an eternity in hell unless they heard the truth of Christ.
My question was to state that I truly do believe this, and I even think it is on the forefront of my mind frequently, so I do not know how my ministry would look different. Clearly I cannot stop and talk to every single person I pass, and assuming I was the Lord's sole minister would also be foolishly prideful. But often times on the way to go share the gospel with someone I will pass as many as 10,000 probably lost people people in the street. What could I possibly do differently?
I posed this question and we talked for a while. The conclusion we came to is that Jesus, in this verse, is Himself commenting on the sheer number of lost people. And what is His instruction? Pray for more laborers. I think that is the takeaway from being overwhelmed by the lostness of our world. Yes, we need to enter in and do our part, but because we simply cannot single-handedly reach everyone we need to pray for more laborers.
We, as a team, pray for more laborers regularly. For more people to join our team as well as for this nation, and specifically for people to go to a very lost city nearby where almost no one is laboring. These lost places, these lost people, they need the Savior. Please join me in begging the Sovereign One for more laborers. After all, the harvest is plentiful.