One of the duties I’m responsible for at the ministry I’m employed with is to serve as a donation coordinator. This task consists of contacting and meeting with potential donors of essential items and provisions toward the care of the residents in the ministry’s program. Giving full disclosure, my initial assumption going into this task was that I’d be met with an overwhelming degree of rejection from the organizations contacted. However, the opposite has been the case. In fact, many of the organizations I’ve encountered concerning this specific matter have each told me the same thing. They often say, there is a plethora of supplies and provisions available for donations, but few inquire about the need for or offer the laborers to receive and distribute the donations. This reminds me of the words from Jesus, “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 9:37-38). There are countless souls in the harvest field primed to hear and receive the Good News but not enough believers to go out and gather. So, I ask these questions…. Have we as individuals as well as a collective body of Christ made ourselves available to work in the harvest field? Has one of our consistent prayers been for God to use us as laborers for His kingdom and to increase in abundance willing participants? Misdirection and distractions put forth by those with ungodly agendas have a way of deterring and discouraging Christians from sharing the faith confidently. In many instances, I’ve come across believers who’ve simply conceded to a thought that no one wants to hear about God anymore, therefore, focus should be centered more on those who are already believers rather than on the harvest field. This mindset is not consistent with the mindset of our Lord and Savior. Did He not say He would leave the ninety-nine behind for the one? (Matthew 18:12). The ultimate celebration of revival happens when new names are added to the Book of Life. God urges us not to delay any longer. He wants us to go, go, go out into the true field of dreams! “Don’t you have a saying, ‘It’s still four months until harvest’? I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest” (John 4:35).
Pastor John Bailey