Ripe for the Picking

 

December 21

 

Read Matthew 9:37-38

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."

 

Reflect

What happens to crops that are ripe for the harvest, but there are not enough workers to do the work? How does this apply to evangelism?

 

We used to have a huge garden. We enjoyed having fresh produce ripe for the picking in our own backyard. But here's the thing about ripe produce. You have to pick it during a certain window of time, or it rots. On more than one occasion, my family would be too busy to get outside and pick it. It was frustrating to find that in a matter of days, we'd missed our opportunity and the food went to waste.

 

In today's verse, Jesus compares His church to a garden or a field. He said that it is ripe for the picking, but there are not enough harvesters. It is not just frustrating if these crops rot in the field. It is devastating. We aren't talking about rotten zucchinis or putrid potatoes. We are talking about human souls.

 

Jesus said that there are plenty of people out there who are ripe or ready to hear about the Gospel. But there are few people willing to share it with them. This should not be.

 

Jesus said that we should ask the Lord to send out workers into His field. We know that God is in control of the harvest of souls. Jesus says that He is the "Lord of the harvest." Ultimately, it is He who brings in the harvest, not us.

 

And yet, He doesn't just invite us to participate. He commands it. In the Great Commission (Mathew 28:19-20), Jesus says to go and make disciples.

 

Friends, we are commanded to participate in bringing this crop in. We are to pray for workers to be sent out, and we are being sent out to bring it in ourselves. Jesus says the fields are ripe for the picking, and He promises a bountiful harvest. People are ready to hear the Gospel. Are you ready to share it?

 

Pray

God, I know that You are the Lord of the harvest. You will bring Your people in with or without me. And yet, You have sent me out to work. Give me the words to share Your Gospel and make disciples. Amen.

 

 

~ Pastor Nat Crawford

 

 

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DEAR HEAVENLY FATHER;JESUS & HOLY SPIRIT I NEED HELP WITH THIS;AMEN@
Give me the strength to do my share Lord, I am willing and ready. Help me find my way . I am ready when you are. Thanks be to God who knows all things. Prepare me Lord.
Father, God, thank you for being theLord of the harvest. Thank you for calling willing hearts to your service. Thank you for equipping me to share your gospel in helping to reap your fields in my community. Lord, I pray for more worker to come forth in my church, community and the world at large. Holy Spirit, teach us to share our faith boldly, that others too may know Jesus as Savior and Lord, and be blessed. In Jesus Name I prayer. Amen!
Thank you for sharing Gods Word with me
Amen. Lord prepare me to bebyour sanctuary
This verse is truly speaks of the urgency of labors to spread that gospel, to tell others about Jesus.
God...I am here to do Your Will...Use me as You see fit! In Jesus name....Amen
Lord, I thank You for Your faithfulness and Your wonderful plans for me. I ask , Lord, that Your Holy Spirit guide and strengthen me to complete the tasks You have for me. Lord give me the right words to lead people to You. Let them be able to see You in me. I love You Lord. I pray this prayer and thank You in Your Son Jesus name, Amen.
Father when it comes to witness and evangelizing I’m not the most talented! But I do know the talents you gave me and use them ! But if the situation arises where I need to witness because of your direction give me wisdom, courage boldness and words to speak ! In Jesus name I pray Amen 🙏✝️🙏!
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Amen, let us boldly speak to others concerning a God that is with us always, love us unconditionally, and provides for us daily. He is the missing ingredient for many.
Amen, what a wonderful scripture and so true! Help me not to fall short of the Glory of the Lord and to make sure to lead other to the Lord and Savior, Amen!
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Praise God from whom all blessings flow! Jesus, please give the me courage, strength, and heart to spread your Gospel in this world. Amen!
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Lord help me and use me to have my heart filled with your love so it will overflow where you want it. Give me love, courage, awareness and your purpose to speak your good news of salvation. Jesus help me to submit to your Spirit so your harvest will occur and it will be my great joy to participate with you. Thank you Jesus. All for your glory Lord Christ. Amen
Amen.
Lord, use me. Open my mouth to share how wonderful You are. And send me and many others to the lost.
Truth...Amen, by the grace and help of God.
Lord, please forgive me for the times when I have been disobedient to Your command of "making disciples for the Kingdom". Please empower me to be bold and speak through me to "rescue the perishing" by sharing the Good News of the Gospel with others. I want to honour and please You in all I do and say. Amen.
Thank you Pastor, it has been said "God has no other hands but ours, no other feet but ours, no ther mouths but ours." God desires to use us.
Lord I have been lapse please forgive me and use me as one of your harvesters. Sort out my circumstances Lord and use me. AMEN
Thank you for this Pastor Nat. I am envouraged. I thank God that I belong to a group of various Christian denomination that do outreach. With the pandemic it has been challenging but we carry on. Jesus is Lord. Amen.
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