“And he said to them, “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.” Luke 10:2 ESV
Jesus says something profound in this verse. He calls us to pray for “laborers”. Not angels or another heavenly being to do His bidding. Not heroes. Laborers. Ordinary people like you and me.
This is a shock to most of us because if you know anything about God, you know that He is all powerful. He spoke the world into existence. He is much wiser and stronger than anyone or anything. And if He were to delegate anything to anyone, wouldn’t He pick angels? Most people almost fainted or became like dead men when they met with an angel in the Bible. Surely they would gather bigger crowds and keep better attention than us humans.
And even in all His wisdom, God chose you and me to be the messengers of His love to this world.
This theme of using humans to accomplish His will is a theme repeated again and again throughout the Bible. Right from the beginning, God gave the job of naming the animals to the first human, Adam. He then gave the much more monumental job of populating the earth to him and his wife after the creation of Eve. And even after we blew up paradise and sinned, God kept to that model.
Remember Moses going up the mountain to receive the 10 commandments? If you will remember, these were written by the very finger of God. Yet when God calls Moses up, He tells him to bring two tablets of stone.
This is a subtle request and easy to read over, but think about it. God does everything for a reason. He went out of his way to ask Moses to bring up two tablets of stone because He wanted Him to be involved in the process. It would have been much easier for God to do it Himself. But no. God chose someone to be involved in the process.
I am not aware of all of God’s reasons to use humans so much. We’re imperfect. We mess up. We cannot seem to get anything right. But there are two things that I am sure of.
1) God wants to walk with you and be your friend.
You will learn things about God and from God that you could only receive from partnering with God. God’s wants us to know Him. What better way to know our Father than to walk with our Father?
2 God wants to build something in you.
When you answer yes to His call, He will use the process to make you more like Jesus. That is a double-win for God. He is working in you to make you like Jesus as He is working through you to reach the world for Jesus.
This is a very important concept for this generation to grasp. I am speaking from experience that people around my age are slow to take responsibility or ownership of anything. We would much rather have our parents or the government take care of all the problems in the world and in our lives.
And I get it. When you see the mess that the world is in, it is easy to get discouraged. Especially when you get handed down problems that you didn’t even create. But let’s remember that Jesus is Savior and we are partnering with Him and joining His plan to save the world.
We don’t do any of the saving, though. We are just the tools He is using to reach the world.
So I invite you to join God in this amazing story of reaching out to those who are lost. You have all been uniquely gifted and can share God’s love in a way no one else can.
Imagine if all Christians took this call seriously. If we were all this determined to make disciples.
So pray for labors to be sent out as Jesus commanded. But keep this in mind: many times in the Bible, when God’s people prayed, the people doing the praying became the answer to their own prayer.
We never feel “ready” to be sent out. To tell others about Jesus. I know I used to think, and sometimes still do, that I have to just get this one thing in order or finish this one thing before I am out there representing Jesus. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Once you believe in Jesus as your Savior, you have all you need to be His ambassador.