In Matthew 9:37, Jesus tells us the harvest is plentiful. But what does that mean? In this devotional, we’ll read the words of Jesus in the gospel of Matthew and discover the true meaning behind this important scripture.
What does Matthew 9:37-38 mean?
Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few.Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.”
For most people the idea of “witnessing” is scary.
And I agree, it can be a daunting task.
We get caught up in our heads wondering… Will they think I’m crazy? Will they make fun of me? What if they ask questions? Will I be able to answer them?
Our minds are filled with doubt about our ability to be an effective witness.
But as followers of Christ, we are commanded by Jesus to take the gospel to the people who need to hear it.
The Ministry of Jesus
Jesus’ mission here on earth was always God’s harvest. Because there is nothing more important to God than saving the lost.
We are all sinners who need the forgiveness of sins through the free gift of God’s grace. We instinctively know this truth deep down in our hearts.
People weren’t any different during the time of Jesus. They knew they needed a Savior just as much as we do. So everywhere Jesus went He was followed by crowds of people seeking the saving grace of God. Jesus saw them, met with them, and healed them. He knew that there was a ripe harvest ready to be gathered.
And the harvest is just as plentiful today!
Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness.
Matthew 9:35 NIV
The Great Commission
God’s desire is for each and every person to know the Son of God, as their Lord and Savior. That’s why He sent His Son to dir in our place. And it’s the reason Jesus gave us the “Great Commission”.
Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you: and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.
This is a command from our Lord Jesus Christ, to take the truth of His gospel to all people. Because we all need to be saved.
But it is also a promise to us. Jesus will never leave us, even when the going gets tough. He is with us when we fail and when we succeed in the mission.
So, we need to ask ourselves, are we willing to step out of our comfort zone and follow the command of Jesus? Are we willing to take hold of this great promise knowing He is with us even to the end of the age?
There have been times in my life when the person I was witnessing to would not accept Jesus.
I thought they were hard-headed and couldn’t see the plain truth in front of them. I felt discouraged and like I was not being a very good witness.
But Jesus is telling us that some will believe in Him, and others won’t.
We just need to keep telling everyone we meet about Him and then the next person, and then the next.
It’s not up to us whether they become a Christian or not. We don’t have the power to make anyone believe. Only the Holy Spirit has the power to call people to Himself. And ultimately, it’s their decision to follow Jesus or not.
But it is our job to tell them the gospel, to pray for them, and to disciple them if they decide to accept Jesus as their Savior.
Leave everything else to the Holy Spirit.
And if you witness to someone and they don’t believe, shake the dust off and keep going. There are plenty of lost souls left to harvest.
Pray to the Lord of the Harvest
We hear Matthew 9 echoed in the book of Luke.
Then He said to them, “The harvest truly is great, but the laborers are few; therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.
Luke 10:2 NKJV
In the gospel of Luke, Jesus says the harvest is great. And His message couldn’t be any clearer… Our mission field is wide open and ripe for the picking. All we need to do is pray for the Lord of the harvest to send us out as His laborers.
So, let’s pray for our Heavenly Father to send us out into the mission field He has for us and be ready to share the gospel with someone today.
The harvest is plentiful, ripe, and ready!
If you’re still worried about being a laborer on God’s farm… All you need to be an effective witness is a willing heart. God will give you the right words to speak. And He will bring to remembrance the right Bible verses at the right time.
Your mission field is right in front of you and your harvest is ripe for the picking! So, don’t be scared to share the gospel with someone. Jesus is with you.
My prayer for you today is that you will see the plentiful harvest and be encouraged to join the mission field today.
May God bless you in your pursuit of His harvest today and always! And may you reap a great reward for the Kingdom of God!
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