37 Then he said to his disciples, "The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; 38 therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest." - Matthew 9:37-38
The Harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. We have been saved for one purpose and one purpose only - to bring glory to God. Our job in the time we have left on this earth is to work for the Kingdom. There are so many who still need to hear and understand the message of the Gospel, but so few people willing to work for Him. And many of those who do work for Him only give Him a couple hours a week.
As we grow to be more like Christ, our priorities should align with Him. What do you think His number one priority is? To save the lost. That’s the most important thing to God. His desire is to see every single person on this planet come to know Him - every knee will bow. Is that our first priority? Is that the most important thing that we think about from waking to sleep? No. You need only listen in to our prayers to hear a list of our priorities - God, fix this, heal that. Our priority is often that He make the challenges go away. Our priority is a life of comfort.
If we love the glory of God, we must have a compassion for the lost. Our hearts should be breaking for the people we know who don’t know Him - this is what should consume our thoughts. The problem is that our daily lives often get in the way of our ability to feel anything other than an immediate emotional response to what is in front of us. We can get so wrapped up in our problems that all we can see is us.
As believers, it is critical to spend time daily righting our perspective. We must step back on a daily basis and remind ourselves of the purpose of all of this - it is the victory of God. Our blessed hope is the coming of Jesus, when He will come again to judge and to punish those who have rejected Him, to banish all ungodliness, to establish justice peace on this earth, and to gather His people to worship Him for an eternity. That's the point of all of this.
Make no mistake - It is happening. He is coming back to judge the living, and our hearts should be breaking for every single lost soul. We need to take hold of the thought that the purpose of everything we do is the victory of God - it is so much greater than our little life. Here’s the thing - there is such freedom from our daily struggle in that understanding, freedom from the difficult person I work with, freedom from the traffic I sit in, freedom from my aloneness, freedom from my broken marriage, freedom from my rebellious children. When our focus is on Gods purpose for our lives, our little problems diminish.
Our focus should be compassionate pursuit of the lost in everything we do....and how do we pursue them? This verse tells us - we pray earnestly.
Press on ~ you are loved 💗