July 7, 2014 - Laborers in the Harvest
By Beatrice Northcutt
"Then He said to them, 'The harvest truly is great, but the laborers are few; therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest'" (Luke 10:2, NKJV).
Jesus was talking about something with which His audience could relate. Harvesttime was important, and the crops had to be gathered at that time or fall wasted on the ground. Jesus had just appointed 70 people to go before Him into the cities, and He knew there was a great harvest of souls who must be gathered or they would be lost.
Farming these days is done in a big way, and very few people realize the hard, backbreaking work that once went into the harvesting of crops. The few who grow our food have machinery reducing much of the toil required in Jesus' day, and most people today have grown up with no conceivable idea what Jesus meant when He talked of laborers for the harvest. There is nothing glamorous about bringing in the harvest; the dirt and grime from the toil is part of the labor.
When I grew up back in the 1940s, small farmers brought in crops with teams of horses and a man behind the machine. The work was backbreaking, and sweat plastered your hair to your head as it ran down your face. Your hands became sore and calloused, and it took grit and determination to bring in the harvest.
There's a harvest out there more precious than any grains, and it's fully ready to be brought in. Souls will be eternally lost unless we volunteer to work in that harvest. Jesus was talking about a burden, one that will make our knees ache and tears run down our faces as we battle with Satan for souls to be born into God's kingdom.
Will you join me in what our Lord admonished us to do, and pray that the Lord of the harvest will send us as laborers into His harvest?
"The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are not saved!" (Jeremiah 8:20).
Think about it!
— Beatrice Northcutt lives in Independence, Kan.
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