As a mission Rep I sometimes ask this question of the Lord, “Why is it taking so long to get the job done?” Men have put men on the moon and men have sent cameras many miles into space and yet the church is still looking at many ethnical groups that have never one time heard the gospel message. I wonder what part of, “Go Ye into all the world,” we do not understand? Or forgetting the prayer request of Jesus Himself?
As I try to make sense of my failures God brings Matthew 9:36-38 to mind. “But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered like sheep having no shepherd. Then he said to His disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. “Therefore pray to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.” Old stuff and up to date but the tribes that have never heard still wait.
First of all Jesus saw the multitudes of people and in John 4:35 Jesus tells us to lift up our eyes and look at the fields. It is not enough to just look but we must look with the eyes of Jesus, look with compassion. Compassion compelled Jesus to say these words that we let slip right over our heads without effect. “The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few. “Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.” How often do you pray this request?
Would you pray with me not just for today but for the rest of this year every day that the Lord of the harvest would send labourers into the fields that are white. Pray that I can meet them and help them on their way to tribes that have never heard. Pray for Jack Housley that I might share these truths in a way that draws men to the desires of God.
I am so fearful of these words that will come if I do not do my part to reach the world with the gospel. Jeremiah 8:20, “The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are not saved.” Open your eyes, see the world, have compassion, then pray. Going to the mission field is not for all but all can pray to the Lord of the harvest to send not just anyone nor just someone but please send labourers into the mission fields. Jack