Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few;
Every Saturday when we exit the ninth green and go past a group about to tee off, someone invariably tells the group “we left a bunch of birdies out there for you!”
The same can be said for Christians – “we’ve left a bunch out there!” Our families, friends, and communities are in need of a great harvest. We seemingly feel the opposite from what Jesus spoke in Matthew 9:37. We live our lives like few are lost and many are out laboring in the fields. It is as if we are afraid we may step on the feet or territory of our fellow brother or sister.
Jesus went out and about from Capernaum and into the cities and villages of Galilee. He saw the tired, the sick, the diseased and generally spiritually afflicted. Jesus was moved with compassion for these people. He preached a wholesome doctrine which was being neglected by the Scribes and Pharisees. Jesus not only performed miracles on the physically needs presented, but also the spiritually torn before him.
The world before us is desirous of a good shepherd. Many are being temporarily pacified by the world, yet find themselves more broken as ever before as time passes. Just as the Scribes and Pharisees, we have churches teaching doctrine which is not based upon the healing and saving power only available through Jesus Christ. These false and generic teachings make the people feel good one morning, but does not have the staying and keeping power. This confusion is created by principles and foundations which are not Biblically grounded.
We dread hearing the knock on the door and see the young guys in suits standing at our doors each summer. We may not adhere or agree with their beliefs, but we have to give them credit for they are actively working the fields. I pray we become more active in the streets. Not only leading the lost to salvation but giving them direction and insight of true discipleship. We can’t save the lost, but we have to be pointing them in the right direction.