We Need More Reapers

“Then He said to His disciples, ‘The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.’”

After the healing of Jairus’ daughter and the woman who touched Jesus’ garment, Matthew records that Jesus continued to travel throughout the countryside healing and preaching the gospel. Two specific healing events are recorded the first being the healing of two blind men and the second the healing of a mute demon possessed man. After the healing of the blind men Jesus instructed them sternly to tell no one but when they went away they spread the news of their healing widely. With the second healing, that of the mute demoniac, came an attack from the Pharisees. They had been looking for an avenue to discredit Jesus and with this healing they invented one. They accused Jesus of casting out demons by the power of the devil. In other words they were saying that Jesus was only able to appear to remove the demons because he was collaborating with the devil. 

Many people trying to do good in this world would be discourage by the lack of cooperation and the blatant attacks Jesus experienced. Many would at this point be tempted to completely stop doing anything good or helpful for others, or at the very least to dramatically scale back their charitable activities. But not Jesus. 

Matthew chapter nine verse thirty five goes on to say that Jesus continued to travel widely throughout the cities and towns preaching, teaching and healing. And the people flocked to hear what he had to say and to be healed by him. 

So great was the number of people coming to Jesus that he observed to his disciples that the harvest was plentiful. He also pointed out that the laborers working in the harvest were too few.  For this reason he instructed his disciples to “pray that the Lord of the harvest would send forth more reapers into His harvest.”

It’s still true today that the harvest is plentiful and the laborers are few. We often feel that the opposite is the case but this is a deception of the devil. If we actually enter into doing the work of seeking out the needy and the inquirers, and then ministering to those that need our help and teaching those that are looking for truth we’ll find that there’s not enough time in the day for us to meet all the needs that are brought to us. 

Just like it was two thousand years ago when Jesus healed the sick and proclaimed the gospel there is an abundant harvest waiting for the disciples of Christ to join their master as he gathers his own to himself. If we’ll heed the Father’s call to join the laborers we’ll soon find the harvest gathered and be able to welcome our Lord as we seen him coming in the clouds. 

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