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Daily Devotions from Lutheran Hour Ministries

"The Human Harvest"

January 9, 2005

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"Ask the Lord of the harvest … to send out workers into His harvest field." Luke 10:2

As Jesus sent out the seventy disciples to proclaim God’s kingdom and to heal, He said, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few” (Luke 10:2). Many are the people who are in spiritual and physical distress. They are in need of help. Jesus likens them to a grain field ripe for the harvest. But there are never enough of the Lord’s workers and witnesses to bring in the sheaves.

What can we do about this imbalance? For one thing, we can volunteer as harvesters; we can say yes when the Lord calls us. In Jesus' time not all His followers could be chosen for His twelve apostles. But they could be members of the larger group – the seventy disciples. Beyond that, they could be Christ’s followers as they continued in their vocation.

Today not all Christians can become ordained missionaries, pastors, or teachers, but there is room for them, and a need for them, in the larger group of disciples who work and witness where they are: at home, in school, in office and shop, in the community. These are harvesters reaping the souls whom Christ redeemed with His blood.

We participate in the harvest of souls when we contribute to Christian ministry and mission at home and abroad. And, said Jesus, we should pray – “ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into His harvest field."

Fellow Christians, the harvest time is now!

PRAYER: Lord God, protect Your missionaries here at home and throughout the world. Keep them safe and guide them to do the work for which You have called them. Amen.

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Today's Bible Readings: Job 1-2    Matthew 7

Change Their World. Change Yours. This changes everything.

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