THE HARVEST TRULY IS PLENTIFUL
BUT THE LABOURERS ARE FEW
By Pastor Max Solbrekken, D.D.
“The harvest truly is plentiful, but the labourers are few; Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that He will send forth labourers into His harvest.” (Matt. 9: 37, 38)
This is an urgent call for Prayer from the Lord of the Harvest. Jesus Christ, the greatest Missionary ever to walk on this ‘Terra firma’ saw the multitudes as sheep having no shepherd. He had compassion toward them and preached the Gospel. And He healed all the sick and diseased among them! (Matt. 9: 35, 36)
Our Saviour went to the cities and villages. He didn’t only go where there were large crowds. He declared the Good News of the
He brought peace, forgiveness, divine healing and new life to them. Kingdom of God
The Lord was moved with COMPASSION when He saw the great needs among the multitudes of hurting people. He recognized the need for pastors who would love the people and minister to them as He did. He stressed the importance of gathering in the harvest of precious souls for His Kingdom!
THE HARVEST OF THE FIELD IS HUGE! There is much work yet undone but the labourers are few. It is sad that so few have a burden to help their fellowman with such a “great salvation”. (Heb.2: 3). There are many job opportunities. Jesus Christ is hiring and the wages are good! (John 4:36)
The greatest need is for determined, sincere and fervent prayer. He calls for intercessors. If we pray, He will call labourers and send them into His Harvest. We have Jesus’ promise and His Word is true and cannot fail! He declared: “Heaven and earth shall pass away; but My words shall not pass away.” (Mark 13: 31)
JESUS IS RETURNING
TO GET HIS INHERITANCE!
Here is a most significant promise made by our Heavenly Father to Messiah Jesus: “Yet have I set My King upon My holy hill of Zion. I will declare the decree: the Lord said unto Me, Thou art My Son; this day have I begotten Thee. Ask of Me and I shall give Thee the heathen for Thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for Thy possession.” (Psalms 2: 6- 8)
Almighty God promised to give His Son the heathen for His inheritance. To fulfill that promise, Jesus Christ was incarnated and took upon Himself human flesh in order to suffer, bleed and die for the redemption of the human race and to rise again in power and great glory!
After 3 ½ years of preaching and healing the sick, casting out demons and bringing deliverance and salvation to multitudes, He was crucified on a “the cross of shame” to satisfy the demands of divine justice. On the third day, Jesus Christ rose from the dead, thereby defeating sin, death, hell and Satan!
Before He ascended to Heaven to sit on His Father’s right hand, our Risen and Glorified Lord gave the Church the ‘Great Commission’ to reach lost souls for His Kingdom, whereby He will receive the heathen as His inheritance. What an awesome responsibility. We hold the KEY to that prayer being answered!
JESUS said: “Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved. He that believeth not shall be damned. And these signs shall follow them that believe… they shall lay hands on the sick and they shall recover.” (Mark 16: 15-20; Matt.28:18-20)
WHAT AN AWESOME RESPONSIBILTY
GOD HAS LAID UPON THE CHURCH!
Jesus confirmed the importance of His Ministry, which we have been called to continue in His absence. He commands us to be filled with the Holy Spirit and to take His miracle-working Gospel, His never-changing Word, His supernatural Power and His incomparable, life-giving Name throughout the entire world spreading love, joy, peace and divine healing!
He stated: “Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? Behold I say unto you, Lift up your eyes and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest. And he that reaps receives wages, and gathers fruit unto life eternal: that both he that sows and he that reaps may rejoice together.” (John 4:35, 36)
FIVE THINGS WE MUST DO TO FULFILL THE FATHER’S PROMISE:
1. Pray for labourers; 2. Ask God to give us love for all believers; 3. Open our eyes to see the whitened harvest fields; 4. Receive the Blessed Holy Spirit and His leading in our lives; 5. Carry Christ’s glorious gospel everywhere possible and in the power of His Name deliver lost humanity! By God’s grace we will do it for His honour and glory! Amen.