Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore, pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest. (Matthew 9:37, 38 ESV)
If the world is looked upon as a harvest, our eyes can quickly adjust. Minds take time focusing, hard accepting an unseen God, able to transform individuals into Christ’s likeness. Friends of Jesus- those who follow God’s commands, see God’s creation in everything. Almost everything, we may be the worst thinking others will never be able to change.
Raised in Kentucky, we learn competitiveness straight from cheering on Kentucky Wildcats basketball. For me, my dad was an avid fan and this is what we watched and still today- Uk Blue is worn with pride. I wonder how this works for others raised with competitiveness networked into one’s DNA, coming out in youth sports. Whew! I know I let it slip, yet, there are adults unrestrained. From parents yelling against other team’s players, realizing the most dramatic player on the opposing team belongs to the loudest parent- to the pompous coach who is pure smart-elic to his players if they did not hit or make smart plays and moving slow as molasses taking up time. As I write, I’m completely mesmerized how anyone can function in this world without Jesus.
Little effort is needed to find similar attitudes and behaviors in all areas. If Jesus is our Savior, we at least will be working on retraining former ways of reacting like the world. Lord knows…when competitiveness surfaces, hearts beat faster and faster wanting to react, however, in Christ, we work hard disciplining ourselves over time not to react. Even the rudest of the rude, needs Jesus. There are groups to be harvested all over this world. Close to home and afar…we all need Jesus. He is the author and finisher of our faith. Let’s be motivated to pray to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers, and what part God has for us…exciting! No time to have diminishing faith!