The laborers are few ... pray earnestly

As they were going away, behold, a demon-oppressed man who was mute was brought to him. And when the demon had been cast out, the mute man spoke. And the crowds marveled, saying, “Never was anything like this seen in Israel.” But the Pharisees said, “He casts out demons by the prince of demons.” And Jesus went throughout all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.”

Again we see Jesus doing amazing things. I can hardly imagine what it must have been liked to see the mute speaking and many being miraculously healed. And I can't imagine religious leaders saying that Jesus did these things using demonic powers.. unless I remember that religious people still question miracles today. It seems like they forget what the gospel (or good news) of the kingdom is. Here it is in Jesus' own words:
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor.”
The passage tells us that Jesus saw multitudes of sheep needing a shepherd. He saw a large spiritual harvest in needed of spiritual farmers to care for the crops. He sees all of this and his heart breaks for people in need. His response is compassion. The response of the religious leaders is indifference and name calling. Maybe those responses are ones that truly delineate the authenticity of religious leaders.

Please have compassion Lord. Please send out authentic spiritual shepherds and farmers to care for wounded sheep and bruised crops. Please raise up spiritual laborers.

1 comment:

  1. One of the things that brought Pastor Don and I so much pleasure, in our former church, was to see young people, pick up the torch, and become followers and laborers for our Lord.

    I'm so thankful the Lord let us be his under shepherds in ministry.

    Lord, I add my Amen to Bob's prayer.

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