Matthew 9:36-38 At the sight of the crowds, his heart was moved with pity for them because they were troubled and abandoned, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few; so ask the master of the harvest to send out laborers for his harvest.”
As I sat at the breakfast table this morning, I read through the daily readings. This scripture from Matthew touched my heart. During Jesus’ many travels, he must have seen so much. I cannot imagine the extent of the broken hearted, the sick, the weary, and the troubled individuals that he witnessed on his journey. Yet, Jesus could see passed their problems and help them to see the fruit that God can give them if they just allow themselves to see it. The key to seeing it though is to have someone share God’s love. Jesus knew that this was a job for many, not a job for few. His small group was not enough. Sharing God’s message was not just for the elite few. It was a job that has a constant “help wanted” sign in front of it. Just when you get someone to help, you need another. It is never ending.
The pay for sharing God’s Word is abundant. It can feed many families with joy and happiness. Most important it can give every family fulfillment and contentment – even in times of struggle. Jesus saw the need for this. In order to “harvest” God’s grace, we must have people who are willing to evangelize and spread the news. The “harvest” will provide fulfillment not only for those doing the work, but for those enjoying the fruit of the harvest.
Some days I am the one who receives the fruit of the harvest, and some days I am the one laboring. Funny thing though, I always feel the same: rich in God’s love. Last week, I definitely was the one receiving the harvest. People all around me were laboring to reveal God to me in many ways. I was struggling and depressed, yet people were reaching out to me and comforting me. Sure, there were some who avoided me (I can’t blame them), but the ones who comforted me enjoyed God’s grace for the labor that they endured. I love that.
Remember, we are not always called to be the one accepting the fruit of the harvest, sometimes we are called to work for God. Sometimes we need to move passed our fears and persevere so that others may eat of His harvest. They are both equally important. They both are dependent on each other.
If we just do all the work, but never take the time to eat of the harvest, we will become weary and worn. If we just eat and never do the work, we will miss out on God’s beautiful Grace. We must find a way to do both. We must find a way to spread God’s Word and to take time to eat of His harvest.