“Then said Jesus unto his disciples, "The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few; Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest." (Matthew 9:37&38)
Can you imagine that? Another week has come and gone. How time flies. Father God never looks back on the plow and advises us to do the same. Yesterday is gone, tomorrow has yet to come and we are all living a today.
So, what is all this about, "the harvest is plenteous and the laborers are few." Just who is the Lord of the harvest? To whom are we to pray that he would send forth laborers into the harvest? If Jesus is the first fruits, then Father God must be the Lord of the harvest. If the harvest is the purpose for Jesus' precarious death and resurrection; then people become the 'soul' product. Who then are the laborers?
Your heart knows the answer. Why am I so sure? Because the love of God is in your heart by the Holy Ghost that is given to you. This love must be shared. The Master said, "the harvest is great." 5000 invitations are awaiting distribution for, "The Kingdom of God is at Hand" outreach. Time to pass them out? Just asked your heart, the rest is easy!
For as the earth bringeth forth her bud, and as the garden causeth the things that are sown in it to spring forth; so the Lord God will cause righteousness and praise to spring forth before all the nations. (Isaiah 61:11)
Once again, I find it a privilege to be here in the house of God this morning; to worship and praise his great name. Praise is so dear to Father God's heart, that in the above Scripture, he desires all nations to sing praises to his name. What if the whole earth began to praise and worship Jesus! The sound, the awesome presence of God and the intoxicating atmosphere would be almost unimaginable. Yet, we know in heaven this is exactly what will take place.
When Jesus enlightened us to prayer, he said, "let God's will be done on earth as it is in heaven." We also see that righteousness will perfect praise.
Whatever has been sown into our spirit, mind or soul will be the catalyst that will awaken our worship and praise to Jesus this morning. I can't imagine any better seed to sow in our garden of praise and worship than the fruits of the Holy Spirit. A delightful sound will be heard not only on earth but in heaven. As we increase our planting, we will also increase our harvest.
For Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this present world, and is departed unto Thessalonica; Crescens to Galatia, Titus unto Dalmatia. Only Luke is with me. Take Mark, and bring him with thee: for he is profitable to me for the ministry. (2 Timothy 4:10 & 11)
What a day we live in! What a marvelous time to embrace the precious word of God. It's getting so that it's hard to find anyone who will tell you the truth nowadays.
The apostle Paul was a great man. As we read about him in the book of Acts; we can see that he had become a global figure. But yet here, through the Holy Spirit, Paul doesn't hide the fact that many of his comrades had forsaken him.
Just like Jesus, Paul was finishing his life, awaiting his martyr ship in the Lord. Talk about truth in God's word! Most men or political figures tend to hide the uncomfortable facts of their life; but Jesus wants you and I to know the truth. Here Paul is incarcerated, a prisoner awaiting his death. Three of his closest companions, through many a peril, were now on their way to churches that Paul himself had established. They were under an abandonment spirit. Can you imagine what they had told the people to make them right and the apostle Paul wrong? On the surface, it looked like the apostle Paul was helpless. However, a closer examination of the above Scripture reveals this; that Mark would now carry on his work and be a spokesman in Paul's absence. Mark was a man that the apostle Paul once had to reject in his service with the ministry. (Acts 15:38) Although the apostle Paul was on his way to heaven for his reward and eternal placement; God was not about to abandon him in his established earthly business.
Beloved, God will always send help; if need be from the most unexpected people, places or happenings. For not even death can separate us from the love of God.
Dr. Thomas Snyder