The Harvest is Plentiful
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.” (John 37-38)
In the world today, there are many people living in fear because they are skeptical about the future. People live in fear because they put their hope in the world, where Christians put their hope in Christ, and they know Heaven is their home. The harvest is plentiful and we are the few workers to bring the Light of Christ to the world.
And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.” (Mark 16:15-16)
This is a command from Christ that is for every Christian. We bring Christ to the world through prayer, teaching classes, talking to people, handing out Biblical literature, inviting people to church, and encouraging people. If we pray for the harvest, the Lord will open a door for every Christian based on his or her talents, and God knows our talents better than we do. We minister with a caring heart and with the power of Christ.
Depend on Christ
I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. (John 15:5)
We always depend on the Lord being with us, especially when we are ministering to the harvest. We minister through faith, and the Lord develops the talents He has given us. As we minister to others, God’s love changes our hearts and motivates us to help and minister to others.
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. (Philippians 4:13)
As we minister personally to others, God’s strength empowers us and we become confident because Christ is with us and guiding our ministry. We use scriptures to back up everything we say, which adds God’s truth to our words and our experiences. When we experience God’s promises, it’s good to mention because it’s evidence that the Word is true and God always keeps his promises.
Love Motivates Us
Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. (1 John 4:7)
No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us. (1 John 4;12)
The more we know the Lord, the closer we are to Him and the more like Jesus we become. The growth in the Christian’s life is based on knowing the Lord, having a closer relationship with him, and becoming more like Jesus. The more of God’s love that’s in our hearts, the closer we are to the Lord, and the more we depend on the Lord in our ministry. With God’s love in our hearts, we care about others and we desperately want them to know Christ.
God’s love in our hearts is what changes us, changes the priorities in our lives, changes our focus from self to God and others, and gives us a closer relationship with the Lord.
Love draws us closer to the Lord and to become more like Jesus; now we are motivated and pray for opportunities to minister to the harvest. Love changes us to where our life is all about bringing Christ to people because our hearts hurt for lost souls that are deceived by Satan.
We know our hearts are complete with God’s love when our hearts hurt for lost souls.
Serving Christ is Our Priority
But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. (Matthew 6:33)
It’s by faith that we put serving Christ as our first priority in life, and we know that God will make it easier to attain our worldly needs. This is a promise of God: If we live to serve Christ as our first priority, all our worldly needs will be met. Our needs will be sufficient because the blessings of God that feed our souls are better than anything the world can offer.
The closer we are to the Lord, the more our spirits are blessed, and things of the world just die away in our minds. We are satisfied with our worldly needs; otherwise, constantly seeking things of the world will take priority over serving the Lord. We must overcome the world to minister to the world.
For everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith. (1 John 5:4)
Life to the Fullest
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. (John 10:10)
Living to serve the Lord, helping, and telling others about Christ is what we are created to do. With our hearts filled with God’s unconditional love, we have found life to the fullest. Life to the fullest is not attaining worldly things for ourselves; it is about helping others and telling them about salvation in Christ.
For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. (Ephesians 2:10)
God created us to do good works, and when we become the person God created us to be, we will experience life to the fullest. We follow the Spirit, and the Lord leads us to the person he created us to be. Our hearts will delight in ministering to the harvest.
Heaven is Our Home
He has made everything appropriate in its time. He has also set eternity in their heart, without the possibility that mankind will find out the work which God has done from the beginning even to the end. (Ecclesiastes 3:11)
God has created us with eternity in our hearts, which can motivate us to live for our eternal life. We will live every day following the Spirit because it will bring us closer to Christ, increasing our desire for eternal life. Knowing Heaven is our home will motivate us to pray for the harvest so we can tell others about eternal life in Christ.
The harvest is plentiful and we are the few workers.