We are the Harvesters – by Ritchie Way

Apr 19, 2016 1016

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Jesus called his twelve disciples to him…and sent them out with the following instructions: ‘Do not go among the Gentiles or the Samaritans. Go rather to the lost sheep of Israel. As you go, preach this message: “The kingdom of heaven is near.” (Matthew 10:1, 5-8).

Earlier Jesus told his disciples that the people were like a grain field ready to be harvested, but the harvesters were few. “Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field” (Matt. 9:7-8).

Jesus himself answered the initial need for harvesters by sending out his own disciples. He told them to take the gospel first of all to the Jews who were waiting for the Messiah. They were to declare to them that the Davidic kingdom they had been waiting for had arrived with Jesus. He had come to set up his eternal kingdom by his death on the cross and resurrection from the dead.

Every generation and every culture has a need for harvesters to reap the grain and bring it into the Lord’s barn. Every person who hears the gospel message and accepts Jesus as both Lord and Saviour, is not only a part of the world-wide harvest, but also becomes a reaper.

Just as Jesus harvested his disciples and commissioned them to be harvesters themselves, so we have the responsibility, not only to win souls for the Lord, but also to teach and commission them to be soul winners.

How great is the need in your area? Do you see a harvest ready to be reaped? Perhaps it is a harvest of disillusioned young people; perhaps it is a harvest of people fed up with their empty and unfulfilling church services. Or, maybe it is a harvest of people who are rebelling against the despicable elements of their culture.

Share the gospel with them; the gospel that reveals Jesus loves them and died for them so that they could have an eternal home with him in paradise; a place free of the problems that plague our world.

– Ritchie Way

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