Pray for more workers. We’re short.
Matthew 9.35-38 • Luke 10.2
I’ve ranted quite often, and written regularly, about the fact the majority of Christians
’Twas ever thus. Jesus knew from experience. When he ministered to the people of the Galilee, that’s what he found. People who needed to be ministered to, but who never had been, because
Fact is, the people didn’t know God cared. They didn’t know God loved them, and wanted to make them his people. They were lost, scared, confused, looking for hope, and didn’t know where to find it. Same as people today.
Jesus went out and found them, and found them everywhere. And even though he’s Jesus, empowered by the unlimited resources of the Holy Spirit, it’s still too big a job for only one man. He said as much to his students.
Matthew 9.35-38 KWL
- 35 Jesus went round all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues,
- proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom, curing every disease and illness.
- 36 Seeing the crowds, Jesus had compassion for them:
- They were mistreated and thrown away, like sheep which had no pastor.
- 37 Jesus told his students, “The harvest is truly great—and so few workers!
- 38 So beg the Master of the harvest, so he can send workers into his harvest.”
Jesus later repeated this when he sent out his 72 apostles to do some of this work:
Luke 10.2 KWL
- Jesus told them, “The harvest is truly great—and so few workers!
- So beg the Master of the harvest, so he can send workers into his harvest.”
Because if people aren’t gonna get off their butts on their own and do their part, the Holy Spirit is gonna have to light a fire under us and get us off our butts. So we have to pray: “God, bring us more workers!” We always need more, because there’s no shortage of lost and needy people.
Those who know they have need, and those who don’t.
And notice when Jesus instructed his students to pray, he didn’t tell ’em to pray for the needy people. He told them to pray for workers. He didn’t say, “Pray for the lost,” but pray for those who consider themselves found. His primary concern is that the masses need saving, but the concern he expressed to his students is his followers, the ones who should be a light to the world,
It’s a valid concern, ’cause we’re not doing our job. Four-fifths of us are happy to leave this work to the “professionals,” the people who get paid to minister, or who spend an awful lot of time raising money so they can afford to minister. Too many Christians figure the pros were called to minister, but God has no such expectations on the laymen. The idea that God pours out his Spirit on everyone so that we’d prophesy and minister,
To some degree, certain evangelists have been no help. They’ve been telling people, “Come to Jesus, and he’ll forgive your sins and let you go to heaven—no strings attached.” Which is entirely false. There are hundreds of strings attached. Jesus intends to turn us into entirely new and different people. He has plans for us and expectations on us. There’s work to do. Fruit to grow. Neighbors to love. Enemies to love. You wanna go to heaven? He has to get us ready for heaven, and that process is gonna take a lifetime.
The non-Christians, the lost, the people who have no relationship with God and really want one: They know they have some changes to make in their lives. Incorrectly, many of ’em figure these changes need to be made before they can come to Jesus. We Christians know better, that
The first step to straightening out, to stop
There are loads of people out there. They don’t know where to go, what to do, how to make contact with God. They’re sheep without a pastor. Be their pastors. Point ’em to Jesus.
And pray for more Christians to wake up and pitch in. There’s so much to harvest!