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Day 18: Workers Sent to the Harvest


The harvest is here

“Jesus traveled through all the towns and villages of that area, teaching in the synagogues and announcing the Good News about the Kingdom. And he healed every kind of disease and illness. 36 When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them because they were confused and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. 37 He said to his disciples, “The harvest is great, but the workers are few. 38 So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask him to send more workers into his fields.” Matthew 9:35-38 (NLT)

Today, we will be focusing and praying on the call from God to go OUT to the fields and collect the harvest. But like myself, not many of us are farmers. So what does this really mean? In typical “Jesus” fashion, He is speaking to His followers using a metaphor. He uses this metaphor during a time when He and the disciples had been traveling from city to city, teaching people about the gospel and healing them. They were doing what Jesus then refers to when He says, “going out to the fields” and “collecting the harvest.” The “fields” are symbolic of the world. In this world, there are so many people who don’t know the Good News about Jesus and/or are physically or mentally sick. The “harvest” is symbolic of these people’s souls. Unfortunately, as He makes this metaphor, He points out the reality that there are TONS of people who still don’t truly know Jesus. And for people who do know Jesus, there aren’t enough of us being bold enough to go out into the world to share the gospel and pray for the sick to be healed.

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So there are two things we should be convicted to do after reading this passage: 1) Pray to God to empower more people to go into the “fields,” and 2) Be sure that we ourselves are actually going into the “fields.” When it comes to our personal part to play, we can ask ourselves: 

-When was the last time I prayed for my unsaved co-worker, family member, or neighbor?

-How can I share the gospel with them even if it’s not always with words?

When we start to see our day-to-day lives as open doors to minister to people who are lost, sick, lonely, and broken, we start to go to work with a new fire underneath us because we see the world through God’s ultimate mission - to seek and save the lost and bring them into an abundant life with Him on earth AND in heaven. We must continue to pray for God to go before us and bring us opportunities to share the gospel in its full transparency. God loved us so much that He sent His only Son down to earth to restore relationship with us by dying on a cross; defeating death, hell, and the grave; and giving us a chance to be holy and righteous in His sight.

Are you ready?

Now let’s pray that God would do this with us and MANY others so MANY workers will be out working in the fields. 

God, we thank you that you are in charge of the harvest and that you want us to be your workers. Please forgive us of the times when we forget what our true purpose is here on earth, and give us a boldness to unashamedly share your gospel and pray for the sick in mind and body. We ask that you open doors for us to share with coworkers, family members, and neighbors when their hearts are soft and willing to hear. We also ask that you won’t stop with us, but you will continue to convict and equip MANY more Christians to go into fields and collect the harvest. We pray all this in Jesus' name, AMEN.

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