Then He said to His disciples, "The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Matthew 9:37 (NKJV)
I was thinking today about a couple of things I recently read, and while pondering them, I thought of the verse above. Today, as in all years past, God has had His remnant of obedient and believers who have never failed to take forth the gospel to the world of despair. The passage above follows with a request to pray for the Lord to bring forth laborers into His harvest (vs. 38). As a believer there have been many times I have felt like doing something for God and many others when the Lord requested I do something for Him. The difference in the two is the Lord was in one and I was in the other. God provided the laborers in the one, while I was the laborer in the other.
It is a simple principle that teaches listening, responding through prayer, and obeying Christ’s call will result in provision for His harvest. God always provides the needs for His missions. What God does not provide is our obedience.
He will not force any who name His name, to immediately say “Yes.” However, He will hound us with a gentle “poke and prod” until we finally say, “Ok Lord, I will go.” Unfortunately, many ministries barely get by because “the many” that are called are not being immediately obedient in helping supply what is lacking.
Many desire to grow deeper in their relationship to God. They wonder why it is not happening or why there is no longer fervency in the relationship. Could it simply be you have said “No” to God when He asked you to go? Heb. 6:3 speaks of maturity levels. The author simply says:
“Therefore, leaving the discussion of the elementary principles of Christ, let us go on to perfection, …” and “this we will do if God permits.” Hebrews 6:1a, 3 (NKJV)
My friend, it is not you who holds the keys to your walk with God, it is the Lord Himself. He gauges our obedience and moves us on toward maturity when we have learned what he is trying to teach us, through obedience.
Today, will you not reconsider the call of God on your heart? It is easy to tell others “Yes, I will” but why not tell that to God first, then tell others. You will be surprised what a little obedience does to enhance your relationship to God.
Thought for the day: Charles Spurgeon: "I have enough," said Esau; this is the best thing a worldly man can say, but Jacob replies, "I have all things," which is a note too high for carnal minds. Morning and Evening."