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The Harvest is Great, But the Laborers are Few


Jesus tells us in Luke 10:2, “The harvest truly is great, but the laborers are few; therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.”

This verse is often used to encourage some Christians to become preachers, but have you ever considered it may be talking about more than that?  Jesus wants each of us to play a role in teaching the lost, not just the evangelist, as the following verses instruct.  “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. 16He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned.”  – Mark 16:15-16.  “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” – Matthew 28:19-20.

We have all been called by Christ to spread the good news that He died and was resurrected to save our souls.  Do you ever reflect on how well you are spreading the Gospel to those around you?  Jesus gave us the parable of the good Samaritan to teach us how we are to physically care for our fellow man.  But consider for a moment that Jesus was teaching us much more than that.

Luke 10:30-37 – “A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, who stripped him of his clothing, wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead. 31Now by chance a certain priest came down that road. And when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. 32Likewise a Levite, when he arrived at the place, came and looked, and passed by on the other side. 33But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was. And when he saw him, he had compassion. 34So he went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine; and he set him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him. 35On the next day, when he departed, he took out two denarii, gave them to the innkeeper, and said to him, ‘Take care of him; and whatever more you spend, when I come again, I will repay you.’ 36So which of these three do you think was neighbor to him who fell among the thieves?”  37And he said, “He who showed mercy on him.”

When it comes to telling others about Christ what example do you most mirror?  Are you the example of the priest (Vs. 31) or the Levite (Vs. 32) who sees lost souls all around you yet continues to walk by without caring for them.  Or can you say that you mirror the Samaritan (Vs. 33) who will stop and take the time to help the spiritually lost by sharing the Gospel of Christ with them? Jesus tells us in verse 37 to “do likewise.”  I believe Jesus would like us to apply that to mankind physically and spiritually.  So the next time you fall short of mentioning Christ to a friend, family member or co-worker due to fear or procrastination remember the parable of the good Samaritan.  If we fail to share the message of Christ with the lost around us we are no better than the priest or the Levite passing by a man and leaving him for dead.

As Luke 10:2 reminds us the harvest of lost souls is great, but the number willing to teach them is small.  However, all it takes to change that is a decision on our part to not let another day pass without taking advantage of opportunities to spread Gospel.  Is there someone you could share the message of Christ with today?  If so share it with them and may God bless your effort to win them for Christ.

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  1. Shirley Pogue
    November 17, 2010 at 7:57 am

    Really good article. You are doing really good work!

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