“Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” Matthew 9:35-38
Have you ever went walking through your neighborhood, the office you work at, the school you attend, the church you worship at, the family you were born into and as a result realize the pain, disease, sickness, lack of knowledge in people you witness on a daily basis? Have you ever cried and were greatly saddened due to the healing you know people need, but simply cannot find nor get? This is what Jesus felt when he witnessed those in need while preaching the good news of the gospel. How do you witness so much need and walk by it as if it does not exist? How do you experience lack while growing up and due to you being blessed, by God to have enough, never stop to think to bless someone else?
Oh yes, the harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Jesus reminds us with this scripture if you open your eyes and tune in with your ears that you will witness, for yourself, the many who are in need and how you can indeed help. It doesn’t take much, but a kind word, a meal to one who is hungry, perhaps comforting someone in the pew at church, buying breakfast for a co-worker that might not like you, spread the gospel to one who doesn’t know Jesus, getting involved in a bible study so you can pass on God’s truth, commit to something at your church or volunteer at a local hospital or hospice. Perhaps share with a person how Holy Spirit guided you through tough times, or obey your parents. Church, these are the people in the “crowds ” Jesus spoke of, and these are the sheep whom are helpless and need our guidance, love and support. We might not be pastors , deacons, or elders, but if you are a Christian the kingdom of God is in you and through Holy Spirit you are the worker of the field. Sometimes the field is simply the radius of where you live, but you still are the worker in your neighborhood, family, workplace and church. The harvest is ripe and plentiful and make no mistake it needs you.
Will you work the field for Jesus? Will you guide the sheep that haven’t a shepherd? If you are one in need of help are you accepting it from who God has sent to you or are you rebellious and determined to do it on your own? We were created to need one another.
I encourage you to be a blessing to each other. Life is an exchange of being good , kind, and helpful to each other. Don’t be a shepherd simply feeding yourself take care of God’s flock and love on one another today.
May the Lord Bless you and keep you on your journey…