When Jesus saw the crowds of people, He had compassion on them. He said to His disciples, "Look, the fields are ready for harvest, but the laborers are few. Pray that the Lord of the harvest would send out workers into His harvest fields." There are four important “L”ements of the harvest that we must think about:
1. The LOOK of the Harvest - Jesus told His disciples to look at the harvest. Have you ever looked at the harvest fields? When I look at the harvest fields, I see a young Hindu girl from India desperately hungry. I see an old Muslim man facing Mecca praying to Allah. I see a family shopping at Wal-Mart in Tulsa. I see a crowd of children in Mexico playing soccer. I see an African man herding his cows. I see a Buddhist monk burning incense. I see a soldier of North Korea guarding the DMZ with a stoic face. I have seen all these people with my own eyes. What do you see when you look at the harvest?
2. The LABORERS of the Harvest - Jesus said the laborers are few. He asks the disciples to pray for laborers to be sent out into the harvest fields. I believe they did pray because in the very next verse (Matthew 10:1), Jesus sends the disciples out as laborers and He gives them authority to do the same miracles He did. The disciples became the answer to their own prayers! I believe every follower of Jesus is called to work in the harvest fields by praying, giving, or going. Go and say, stay and pray, or help pay the way. YOU are a laborer!
3. The LORD of the Harvest - God the Father is the Lord of the Harvest and He places no limits on the harvest. He wants ALL men to be saved; He promises to pour out His spirit on ALL flesh; He wants us to go into ALL the world. God’s heartbeat is for souls. Oh, that our hearts would beat with the same cadence!
4. The LENGTH of the Harvest - There is only a brief window of time when the harvest is ripe. We must make use of this valuable time. The harvest will soon be past, only what is done for Christ will last. These are the last days. Jesus is coming soon. Time is short. We must make every second count for God! A passion for souls burns within me. When I think about the millions of lost people who are dying and going to hell it makes me cry. It is so vital to do whatever we can to win the lost. You are such an important part of what God is doing. I have such a huge appreciation for your prayers and your giving, which makes all our harvesting possible.
Jessica and I have heard the cry of the harvest. Our goal is to lead millions to Jesus. Thank you for helping us bring in the harvest!