Power with a Purpose – A Vision for the Harvest:
“Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people. But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd. Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.” (Matthew 9:35-38).
When Jesus speaks of the harvest in His teachings, He is not talking about a farmer bringing in the crops. He is using a metaphor to describe the salvation of lost souls. As Henry Morris puts it, “The multitudes of the spiritually lost are like a field of grain ready for the harvest.” When Jesus said, “The harvest is truly plentiful,” He meant that there is a world full of lost and broken and dying people who are ripe and ready to hear the Good News about the Kingdom of God. However, right on the heels of that statement, Jesus says that the labourers are few. There are few people who are willing to go out into the harvest fields and share God’s love with the lost. Because of this, Jesus commands us to pray to the Lord of the Harvest to send out labourers into His harvest fields.
In Acts 1:8, Jesus said, “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me.” A lot of times we like to focus on the power. When the Holy Spirit comes upon you, you shall receive POWER! But we often neglect the second portion of that Scripture which tells us the purpose of the power: to be witnesses to Jesus. Power with a purpose. Jesus has commanded us to, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues… they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.” (Mark 16:15-18).
As we go into the world to preach the Gospel—bring in the harvest—God’s power will be there to heal the sick and cast out devils. Look at what happened with the disciples as they obeyed Jesus words: “So then, after the Lord had spoken to them, He was received up into heaven, and sat down at the right hand of God. And they went out and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming the word through the accompanying signs. Amen.” (Mark 16:19-20). As they went out preaching the Gospel, the Lord worked with them and confirmed the word with signs and wonders following them.
Today, I want to challenge you to have a renewed vision for the harvest. There is a lost and dying world that is going to hell because the people don’t know God’s love as revealed through the Cross of Jesus Christ. Today, wherever you go, and whoever you meet, share God’s love with them. The Lord is looking for harvesters, to go out into the fields. Will you go? “Do you not say, ‘There are still four months and then comes the harvest’? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are already white for harvest! And he who reaps receives wages, and gathers fruit for eternal life, that both he who sows and he who reaps may rejoice together.” (John 4:35-36).
Pastor Chris Jordan