I have a fairly large garden at home. We grow everything from carrots to tomatoes to raspberries. Even on a small scale, harvesting can be hard work. It can be dirty and labor-intensive. I grew peas for one year only. To harvest them, you pick the pods and split them open to remove the peas. After picking every pea pod that I grew, it took me over an hour of shelling just to have enough peas for one small side dish. Since then, I buy frozen peas at the grocery store.
You don’t have to be skilled to harvest fruits and veggies; you don’t even have to know anything about gardening. However, you do have to be willing to get your hands dirty and get the job done! Fruits and vegetables need to be harvested when they are ready and ripe, not when the gardener is ready, not when you have the time. Jesus says, “The fields are already ripe for harvest” (John 4:35b).
Tomorrow in LivingItOut, we will talk about what it means to get out and get our hands dirty. Today, we are focusing on Jesus’ instruction to pray for workers. Far too often, my prayers are much too focused on myself and what I need. Or, I look around at those who are confused and helpless and pray that God would send someone (else) to help them.
In Matthew 9:38, Jesus tells his disciples: “So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask him to send more workers into his fields.”
As Ben Snyder mentioned this weekend, Jesus could have instructed us to pray that others would pay attention to his teaching. Or, he could have told us to pray for peace, love, judgment, revival, etc. These are good prayers, don’t get me wrong. But, it is not what he said. He looked at his disciples and said they should pray for more workers.
There is a harvest around each of us, and we have an opportunity to be one of the workers. The harvest is too great for us to do work alone, though. Think of the harvest that is ripe at your work, the harvest that is ripe in your neighborhood. Think of the harvest that is ripe in our church. All around us, there are people ready to take a step in their spiritual journey, and there is a need for workers to help them take that step. Think of the difference we could make if we collectively obey God’s command to pray for more workers and to step up as he calls us.
What have your prayers been about lately?
Do you see yourself as a “worker” whom God will use?
How can you pray for workers? Where do you see a need for workers in our church, community, country, and world?
This week, make a conscious effort to pray for workers for CedarCreek and the church as a whole.
Lord, thank you for believing in my potential. Thank you for calling me to be one of your workers. Please create the desire to serve you in my heart and help me call others to serve you also. Let us have an abundance of workers in the church and in the world. Amen.
This post was written by Meghan Yarnell. Meghan is an art teacher and artist. She is married and has a son and daughter.
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