The Harvest

“But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd. Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few; Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest.”

Matthew 9:36-38
As so many times in His life, Jesus saw the multitudes, and was moved with compassion on them.  He didn’t just see people, but He saw people “as sheep having no shepherd.”  Of course, Jesus is the Good Shepherd and the Savior of the world.  He spoke to show His disciples this great need.  He wanted them to have a heart for people just as He has a heart for people.  He wants you and me to have a heart for people.  He described the lost of this world as a plenteous harvest.  The problem is that the “labourers are few.”  He was not only challenging His disciples to be labourers, but to pray that God would send more labourers into the harvest.  In this analogy of the harvest, it speaks to the urgency of the need.  We need to be busy now going into the harvest, and telling others the good news of the Gospel.  This passage also speaks to the great need of prayer:  prayer for yourself to have the power of the Holy Spirit in your witness and prayer for others to have the working of the Holy Spirit in their hearts.
This week’s biblical principle to consider:
Who is it that you have seen, and been moved with compassion toward them?  Have you told them the good news of Jesus Christ?  Are you praying for them?  Ask God to give you an opportunity to share Jesus with someone this week.
This week’s Bible reading schedule:

Monday – Acts 13

Tuesday – Acts 14

Wednesday – Acts 15

Thursday – Acts 16

Friday – Acts 17

Saturday – Acts 18

Sunday – Acts 19

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