Wednesday Word 6.21.2017
35 Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness. 36 When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. 37 Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. 38 Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.”
For some of us, passages like this one cause us to swallow hard. Learning the good news from Jesus and being healed by his love and righteousness is a wonderful blessing. If you see me weeping during our praise songs on a Sunday morning, it is because there are moments when this blessing overwhelms me and the joy tears have to flow. But, it is this being sent out that gives me pause. As I recently said to a member of the Brisas mission team, I am a talker while they are do-ers.
I have to remind myself that we all have different gifts. However, that cannot become an excuse to never step out and try. It is true that like harvest time there are many different tasks that must be accomplished for a crop to be brought securely into the storehouse. It takes all kinds of gifts to develop a disciple for Jesus Christ. I have to say that I am filled with admiration for our mission team. I admire the group currently serving in Columbia and those who have served in the past. They are most certainly toiling in the harvest field this week. And Pastor Joe! I don’t know anyone else who would even have considered bicycling over 1400 miles in solidarity to raise awareness! And Bill! I believe listening to the emergency flashers chattering on as he runs interference behind Joe would drive me thoroughly insane, not to mention driving at a measured speed. These folks have certainly stepped out there into the harvest field.
The harvest field is not just in some remote village. It is in our parking lot with Inter Parish Ministries or at a grill out. It’s when you help that mom with the screaming baby at the grocery store. It’s on the job with that co-worker who is always down in the dumps. You have the opportunity to work, doing God’s work, wherever you are. We must not forget that…something to pray about.
Your sister in Christ, Vicki