"Helping the Reapers"
July 13, 2005Email to a FriendPrint
"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
Jesus compared the ingathering of people into His kingdom to a harvest. He said as He sent out the 72 disciples as missionaries: “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into His harvest field."
In answer to the church’s prayers, God sends His workers out into the world to proclaim the Gospel of forgiveness and grace with God, thanks to the redeeming work of Jesus Christ. It remains for us to follow up our prayers with every possible assistance we can give the Lord’s reapers.
A man who did this in an effective way was Cyrus H. McCormick. He had invented the self-binder, or grain-reaping machine. It made him a wealthy man, a man who ushered in a new era in the method of harvesting grain. Being a Christian man, he did much to help also in the harvest of souls. He gave liberally toward founding a theological seminary in Chicago bearing his name. Through the years thousands of men have been trained there for ministry and mission. McCormick helped the Lord’s reapers in bringing in the sheaves.
Most of us are not able to do what this man did. But God gives us other opportunities to participate in the harvest of souls. We have such opportunities as Christian parents in the home, as church members who support world missions, as persons who, at work and elsewhere, witness to their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
All the while we keep on doing what our Lord told us to do – to pray, “Thy kingdom come,” to pray that He would send more pastors, teachers, medical missionaries, and the like into His harvest field.
PRAYER: Lord God, help me to do my part in sending faithful workers into the harvest fields of worldwide missions. Amen.
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