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 9:37-38 NIVUK)
The quote above is from the end of Matthew chapter 9. In this one chapter Jesus heals and forgives a paralysed man, calls Matthew to follow him, goes to a party Matthew throws for all his "sinner" friends, answers some questions from the disciples of John the Baptist, raises the daughter of a synagogue leader from the dead, in the middle of which he heals a woman who has been ill for 12 years, and then for good measure heals two blind men and a man who was couldn't speak. The passage reads as though all this happened in a single day - if it was then that was quite some day!
I'm fascinated by Jesus analysis of his day. We can so easily be lulled into thinking that sharing our faith in the 21st century is hard, that nobody is really that interested, that we're up against it with our increasingly secular society and that the church should be just trying to survive to the next generation. Jesus analysis is very different. Just some of His radical thoughts are:
- There's no problem with the harvest.
- The harvest is in fact plentiful (as he's proved in the day he's just had)
- The problem is not the harvest but the lack of workers.
- More workers will mean more harvest.
We don't need to pray for the harvest.
- We do need to pray for more workers.
So I'm praying this week for lots of us to be sent out as workers. Specifically that lots of us will be working at inviting guests to the Alpha Launch on Saturday night. It's going to be a brilliant evening, there is a potentialy fabulous harvest there - will you be one of the answers this week to my prayer.
If you can get tickets in advance that will really help us with catering, but if not you can get them on the night.
Thank you fellow workers :)