READ : Matthew 9:35-38
Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few.” (v. 37)
Did you know that you do not have to be a pastor to be a missionary? Certainly, many missionaries are specifically trained as ministers, but many others come to the field without any formal theological training at all. There is urgent need on mission fields for skilled persons of all trades.
Teachers are needed in mission schools. Engineers are needed to help construct bridges, roads, and buildings. Computer specialists are needed to help create Bible translation software. Agriculturalists are needed to help farmers harvest better crops. Accountants are needed to balance the finances of mission organizations or to show fledgling businesses how to stay financially afloat. Office staff and maintenance workers are needed in mission facilities. Medical professionals are needed to provide services in countries with poor or inadequate health care. The list goes on.
Jesus says in Matthew, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few.” I sometimes think that the workers are few simply because many people do not know the great variety of work necessary to bring the gospel to the world. “Ask the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest” (v. 38)—and then be ready to be part of his answer.
Dear Lord, we want to be laborers in your harvest. Show us how to serve. Amen.