“The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into His harvest field.” Luke 10:2
My wife and I planted tulip bulbs yesterday before the rain. The bulbs were of high quality. We followed the instructions carefully. Next spring we hope to enjoy some colorful tulips and share their beauty with others.
In Luke 10 Jesus describes a plentiful harvest before sending out the Seventy into the villages of Galilee. Sowing and harvesting both involve sharing God’s love with others. When we sow the seed of God’s Word, sometimes we are privileged to harvest a soul for Christ, and sometimes someone else reaps the harvest. In either case, Christ asks us to sow the seed worldwide!
The harvest is plentiful. Seventy suggests the whole number of nations and therefore a worldwide mission. We start sharing the good news of salvation through faith in Jesus Christ at home but expand our vision to include people from many ethnic groups all over the world. God is preparing a bountiful harvest.
The laborers are few. Starting with 12 disciples, and now 70, Jesus points to the seemingly impossible task. How precious He regards each worker who sows the seed and reaps the harvest! We ask the Lord of the harvest to send forth laborers, and then make ourselves available for that task. He died to pay for our sins. He gives us new life and then sends us out on His mission.
How very much like planting tulips! We sow the seed. The powerful Word of God is of high quality. We follow the instructions carefully by praying and going. We place our planting in God’s hands. Next spring we will rejoice to see everything in full bloom.
PRAYER: O Lord, guide me to plant the seed of Your Word so that I may share Your saving Gospel with others. Amen.
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