Posted by: pastormikemcdowell | July 15, 2015

July 15, 2015 “God’s Economy”

“Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” (Matthew 9:37-38)

 

Good Morning Dear Friends!

Some of you know that my hometown is a small community in Lancaster County, PA. The Lancaster area is widely known as the home of the Amish, or the “Pennsylvania Dutch.” The Amish are a tightly knit community known for their religious convictions,  simple living, plain dress, rejection of modern technology, and great food! They place a strong emphasis on the importance of community. For example, if there were to be a fire that would destroy a barn or a home of one of their community, all those of the community living nearby would immediately gather to build a new barn or a new home. The men would construct the new facility in a day, with the boys helping with the project. The women and girls would prepare the meals for every hard worker. Usually, the destroyed property would be replaced with a completely new barn or home in a day. Such is the way of the Amish. Such familial teamwork should not define just those who happen to be Amish. It should also be descriptive of the Church. Just the Amish harvest their rich crops, assisting one another in their efforts, the laborers of God are to be busy “harvesting God’s ‘crops’”…new believers. Now, according to Jesus’ directive, God’s workers are to do something specific. They are not to do the work alone. They are to pray and ask God for additional workers. Jesus’ “workers” were not particularly skilled. They were not better educated, more capable, or of a higher status than anyone else. What equipped them for their mission was an awareness of the power of Christ and a vision to reach all people. It is important to bring what we have to God that he might equip us with his power and his vision for what needs to be done. This mobilization of workers begins by praying for other workers to join in the effort of harvesting for God. In God’s economy, Christian service, there is no unemployment. Just as everyone in the Amish community has a job to do on a barn-raising occasion, God has enough work for everyone. Don’t just sit back and watch others do the work-look for ways to help with the harvest, and as you are doing that, remember to pray for more workers. Let’s pray!

Lord of the Harvest; we join with other laborers in a prayer for more laborers to join us in the effort of leading people to a saving relationship with you. Just as someone shared the Gospel with us and our eyes were opened to the truth of the Word of the Cross, so may we, in partnership with fellow believers, labor on and pray on in your service, for truly the harvest is plentiful but the laborers are few. Increase us in our efforts, we pray, in Jesus’ blessed Name. Amen

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