“When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.
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 9:36-38
Peace and good to all.
If my share my thoughts on the above gospel.
It speaks of how bountiful the blessings of God is, ready to be harvested and given to those in need. Jesus saw how many people who are in need and needed to be taken cared of and brought to God, but there seemed to be few who are willing to do the work.
When Jesus came here and died in the cross and resurrected, He destroyed death, He has redeemed the world, He has redeemed us and saved us, He destroyed our bondage from original sin that separates us from our Heavenly Father. This means that the battle has been won and we have the world to enjoy, the fruits of God’s work are ready for us to experience. But many of us do not know this, because they are helpless of their conditions and situations in life, harassed of their enemies, of their own choices in life, and they are at lost for there is no one to guide them.
What do we do now as followers of Christ? What we should be doing is to invite these people to be part of the harvest with us, to share with them the good news of the Lord, to share with them the blessings of God’s saving work. Yes, it will require plenty of work my friends, because for others, it would be scary to accept our invitation to join us in our walk with Christ because the path is indeed narrow, there are lots of sacrifices and some could not part their earthly life. But we need to be fueled by compassion like what Jesus felt in the gospel, upon seeing the crowd of helpless and harassed individuals who are hungry for the word of God. We were once like them, spiritually helpless, harassed, but by the grace of God, we were led to Jesus, to His harvest field, and it was upon tasting the life with Him that changed our lives. We follow Jesus now, not because we are compelled to do so but because we want to, because in His harvest field there is peace, there is forgiveness, there is love and there is compassion.
The word of God has the power to transform our hearts. The word of God has the power to transform the very core of a person’s life. Remember that before we started following Christ, we first believed in the word of God, and before others can be changed and be part of the harvest of God with us, we need to share the word of God, the Gospel, with them.
Finally, we may want to ask ourselves, “are we part of the workforce of Jesus, harvesting His field to share it and feed it to His people?”