The Field Under Our Feet
When Jesus says that the harvest is great, it evokes a sense of urgency. “Pray to the Lord,” he says, “Ask him to send more workers into his fields.” I’ve been mulling this over, and I haven’t been able to let go of the idea that I can’t pray for God to send workers if I’m not ready and willing and prepared to be one of them. If there is a need, could I fill it? And what would happen if each of us who claims that Jesus is Lord decided to do what we could to fill it? Would the workers then be many? Who else is going to answer that prayer for God to send the workers?
It’s easy to feel ill equipped, I know, but I think that could be happening for a couple of reasons. First, it’s possible that we aren’t getting what we need from the Father, the source of our energy and provision, so we feel as if we aren’t ready or capable. Second, and just as important, I wonder if, when we think about the harvest and being sent and fields needing work, we overlook the ones closest to us.
It’s sometimes easier to think about people who we don’t know, fields far from us, and God might very well send us there. However, He won’t not call us to show up right where we are. He won’t say to work the field down the street without first becoming aware of the field he has placed right underneath our feet and within our hand’s reach. If we recognize it, and if we are praying that God would send out workers, then our personal responsibility to respond with urgency and obedience goes up. It can be almost more scary and intimidating than the idea of working some other field because it requires faithfulness and endurance. It requires me to take ownership every day, not just when I feel like it.
But if we are sent by God, who Jesus says is in charge of the harvest, and if these are really, ultimately His fields, then I only have to do my part as I am empowered and encouraged by Him.
I don’t want God to have to send someone else to work the field in my home or my job because I wouldn’t. I want to leave all I have out on the field, valuing my part and my people.
One final thought — if we are talking about harvesting, then we can celebrate this good work. The harvest is the best part! Yes, it’s work, but it’s not the growing and preparing — only God can do that. He is asking us to take part in the most obvious, fruitful part of it. I want to take part in seeing God’s work come to life in my spouse, my kids, my neighbors, my close friends, my co-workers. What a blessing to be included.
Think It Over:
If harvest fields are people, who has the Lord prepared for you to harvest?
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