It’s Harvest Time – Part II
WHERE ARE THE WORKERS?
WHAT COULD BE MORE IMPORTANT than food, security, money and family? Trick question? Not really. When the disciples went off to town to look for food and left Jesus resting by a well, He struck up a conversation with a woman that eventually led her and later members of her community to come to personally know and accept the Son of God. When the disciples came back urging Jesus to eat, He said, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me and to finish His work.” In other words there is nothing more satisfying and fulfilling than when you are involved in doing something tangible that has eternal value. The look of joy and the excitement that came upon that community when they had a revelation of who Jesus really was must have made His day! After all, he did decide to stay on a couple of extra days!
For any believer, there is nothing more rewarding than leading people to Jesus Christ. Such satisfaction on the day could easily replace the desire for physical sustenance. Yet so few Christians seem to be involved in looking for opportunities to share their faith. We are very good listeners and we love to hear a good uplifting sermon, yet for various reasons it seems the majority of believers don’t look for opportunities to show and share the love of God with others.
If what I have described is a typical scenario found in developed nation churches, is there any wonder that the effect is a lack of workers willing to obey the stirrings of the Holy Spirit within to pack up and leave their homeland in order to help get the Good News to people who have never heard about God’s love and commitment as described in John 3:16?
Proverbs 24:11–12 says, “Rescue those being led away to death, hold back those staggering toward slaughter. If you say, ‘but we knew nothing about this,’ does not He who weighs the heart perceive it? Will He not repay each person according to what he has done?” This passionate evangelistic passage reinforces the obligation of all followers of Jesus to get involved in helping rescue those heading for destruction. God will not accept any excuses.
From a Great Commission viewpoint, there are two groups of people in the world: those who have heard the Gospel and those who have not! The verses in Proverbs reveal the soul-searching importance of seeking out those who are alive and have not heard, the majority of whom are found in developing nations. Everyone deserves to hear the Gospel message at least once in their life.
Christians need to be converted to cross-cultural missions just as the lost need to be converted to Christ. A person’s worldview is changed and lifestyle transformed when he or she becomes a world Christian. A similar metamorphosis takes place when a fellowship of believers becomes a Great Commission Church. Matthew 24:14 says, “And this Gospel of the Kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations and then the end will come.” The fulfilment of the Great Commission is very much linked to the return of Christ. When Christ comes, mission accomplished! Surely we would want this to take place sooner, rather than later – right? Then why are not more believers involved in helping see the fulfilment of Matthew 24:14 come about?
We need to be thinking nations, the harvest of millions of souls turning to Christ, ethnic communities that were once Gospel resistant – now no longer. It’s harvest time and more dedicated workers are desperately needed. Get involved. You can make a difference!
w no longer. It’s harvest time and more dedicated workers are desperately needed. Get involved. You can make a difference!
John is the Present Emeritus of World Outreach. He lives with his wife, Mary, in New Zealand.