Luke 10:2 quotes Jesus as saying 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” (NIV).
The first thing we usually notice about that verse is that we need more workers in the field. But look closely at what Jesus said first: “The harvest is plentiful.”
Do we really believe that the spiritual harvest available to us is plentiful? Or do we, instead, tend to think that the harvest is meager, that few are ready to trust Jesus?
When we don’t believe the harvest is plentiful, we are reluctant to share the Gospel. We don’t want our seed falling on “rocky soil,” so we just keep it to ourselves. We don’t want to “cast our pearls before swine” so we keep quiet.
Jesus said the harvest is plentiful. We need to take Him at his word.
We took Him at His word at the Lone Star Motorcycle Rally in Galveston in November and told our three-minute stories to 1,031 people who walked into our tent to win a motorcycle. After hearing our stories, 269 of them prayed to receive Jesus as Savior and Lord.
That’s one out of four. The harvest is plentiful.
We took Jesus at His word at the Men Alive Outdoor Expo and invited Hank Hough and his Kingdom Dogs to share the gospel with the 188 people who came. After Hank led us in a prayer of salvation, 59 marked their cards, “I prayed that prayer.”
That’s one out of three. The harvest is plentiful.
It seems to me that the more people we tell about Jesus, the more people trust Him as their Savior.
What if we told everyone about Jesus? What if every time we told three or four people about Jesus, one of them trusted Him?
When Jesus met the woman at the well, she ran back to town and brought all the townspeople out to meet Jesus. His disciples had just been to town and all they had brought back was food.
Jesus told His disciples that day: “Open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest!” (John 4:35, NIV).
The harvest is plentiful. No question about it. But, as Jesus said, the workers are few. The problem is not that the harvest isn’t ready; the problem is that not enough of us are working.
Would you share Jesus with three or four people during the next few days and let me know what happens? I can’t wait to hear from you.
Working the field alongside you,