And Jesus went throughout all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. 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.”
(Matthew 9:35-38 ESV)
Jesus told his disciples to pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest. He said this because he had compassion for the crowds. He wanted them to pray that laborers would be sent out into his harvest.
- Do you pray for the work of the church, that the Lord of the harvest would send out laborers into his harvest?
- Are you an answer to prayer, a laborer ready to be sent into the harvest field?
Consider how God would use you in his church today, and this week. On Wednesday evening we learned how the Apostle Paul called himself a δοῦλος, a slave in the service of the gospel. Are you living as a slave, or a volunteer, in Christ’s service?