“But when he saw the multitudes, he was
moved with compassion on them, because they
fainted and were scattered abroad, as sheep having
no shepherd Then saith he unto his disciples, the
harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few;
Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will
send forth laborers into his harvest”
Matthew 9:36-39

Jesus was not a hermit. He was in the world
but not of the world. It says “he saw the multitudes”.
The first step toward a good spiritual harvest this fall
would be for us to see the multitudes. All too often
we are around large groups of people but only see
ourselves. We are so self-centered and consumed
with our to do list. The word “multitudes” means a
moving throng of people. Many people are being
pushed and shoved by the mob or the culture. Like
being swept up by the current of a river they can do
nothing but go with the flow.

When Jesus saw these people “He was moved
with compassion”. Inwardly He had pity on them.
This is the next step for us to take, unfortunately, it is
one we struggle with. As it says in Matthew 24:12
“And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many
shall wax cold”. Instead of being moved with
compassion we become hard and critical. The only
individuals we have feelings for are ourselves and
perhaps some family and friends. Instead of caring
about people we begin to dislike certain groups or
cultures. Which can very quickly lead us to bitterness
and hatred. We must like Jesus see “they fainted and
were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd”.
They have no power or strength to resist or change the
forces around them. They are lost and in need of the
good shepherd.

The first part of Jesus’ message to the disciples
was directed at letting them understand the magnitude
of the harvest. He wanted them to see how big the
problem was which they needed to address.

He wanted them to realize the task was enormous
compared to their size and ability. The “labourers are
few”. A good percentage of this spiritual harvest is in
danger of spoiling. Today the magnitude of this
problem is as big as it has ever been. Billions of
people are being swept downstream toward death and
hell. They are oblivious to what lays ahead.

The second part of Jesus message to his
disciples is practical advice. In it we find two keys to
success. The first is pray for more labourers. The old
expression “many hands make light work” is very
true. If we ask God for more help and He sends it,
more can be accomplished. All the recruiting efforts
on our part must start with prayer. Soul winners,
witnesses, preachers, and missionaries are needed in
every village, burg and city. Perhaps He would send
more if we would pray more.

The last key to success contained in Jesus’
practical advice is perhaps a bit more sublime. It is
implied in the statement “he will send forth labourers
into his harvest”. The key is obedience. All believers
have been told by scripture to labor in God’s harvest
of souls. The Great Commission is our marching orders. Will we obey or disobey our commander and chief Jesus Christ?

See You In Church,
Pastor.