Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease [i]among the people. 36 But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were [j]weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd. 37 Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few. 38 Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.”
The kingdom of God is concerned about salvation of souls. Heb 2: 14 -For the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea.
Isaiah 2: 1-2: Now it shall come to pass in the latter days. That the mountain of the Lord’s house
Shall be established on the top of the mountains, And shall be exalted above the hills; And all nations shall flow to it. BUT THE PROPHECY IS FOR THE FUTURE. JESUS CAME AND DID HIS OWN PART-
2.He has a special liking for the lost -Verse 36: Do you have a special liking for the lost? STORY OF A WHOLE 18 WHEELER TRUCK CARRYING COWS BURNT TO DEATH ON LAGOS ILORIN ROAD. Jude 22-23: And on some have compassion, [a]making a distinction; 23 but others save [b]with fear, pulling them out of the [c]fire, hating even the garment defiled by the flesh.
3. He appealed to the disciples, believers: Verse 37: The harvest (and resources) is plenteous…….BUT LABORERS ARE FEW
- Not lack of money, research has revealed that the church has 3000 times the amount of money required to finish the task.
- •2. Not lack of men, research has revealed the church has 9,000 times the total number of men required to finish the task. 3. Not lack of Power, we have the power of the Holy Spirit, the greatest power in all of creation.
- •4. Not lack of the word (Bible), we have all kinds of translations, name them.
- •5. Not lack of theological education, there millions of all shades of Christian theological schools and colleges around the world.
•6. Not lack of churches, there are large Christian congregations almost everywhere in the world. In some cases, cathedrals with state of the art facilities and equipment. So serious is this development that there is a mad competition among congregations who will own the largest sitting capacity auditorium.
Not lack of mission agencies, there are millions of mission agencies with missionaries in different parts of the world.•. Pray ye the Lord of the Harvest (bibles are here, theological education is here, agencies are here) TO SEND OUT LABORERS. ARE YOU A LABORER? ARE YOU NOT A LABORER?- Acts. 20: 24-27-24[c]But none of these things move me; nor do I count my life dear to myself, so that I may finish my [d]race with joy, and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.•25 “And indeed, now I know that you all, among whom I have gone preaching the kingdom of God, will see my face no more. 26 Therefore I testify to you this day that I am innocent[e] of the blood of all men. 27 For I have not [f]shunned to declare to you the whole counsel of God.
WHAT WILL YOU DO WITH YOUR LIFE, TESTIMONIES?•2 Kings 7: 3-4: And there were four leprous men at the entering in of the gate: and they said one to another, Why sit we here until we die?•4 If we say, We will enter into the city, then the famine is in the city, and we shall die there: and if we sit still here, we die also. Now therefore come, and let us fall unto the host of the Syrians: if they save us alive, we shall live; and if they kill us, we shall but die.