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The Lord of the Harvest

Luke 10:2

He told them, The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.

In church life – there is a common statement that is very sad. It goes like this – 20% of the people do 80% of the work in the church. At times this might be because the 20% has a hard time sharing or delegating the work load. At times it might be a control issue on the part of the 20%. But most often it is because the 80% aren’t joining in the labors for Christ in the church. Are we part of the 20% or the 80%?

Think about this for a moment. Are we only attending worship in our church and doing nothing else? Are we only taking what the church offers – youth ministry – children’s ministry – family ministry – worship – fellowship events – etc. and not giving anything back? In essence are we takers without being a givers as well?

There is another saying we might be familiar with – it goes like this – you get out of something what you put into it. I wonder what a church would look like if everyone associated with that church were to serve God in some capacity in the life of that church? What if everyone in the church considered themselves workers in the harvest fields Christ has for us? I mean – we can all help somewhere! Right?

Here are some ideas and suggestions. What if everyone who came to worship at a particular church personally invited others – often – even weekly – to attend with them? What if those who used a particular ministry – children – youth – Bible Studies – Small Groups – worship – counseling services – etc. – offered to help in another area of the church’s ministry? The 20% would be excited – even tickled – that others were entering the harvest field with them!

Do we know that most all of the ministries in our church could use more help? What would it look like if 80% of the people were involved in the ministry of the church? What if we all helped in some capacity – making the load lighter for others and enabling us to do more for Jesus? Although 20% of the people do 80% of the work – they cannot do that 80% well – because they are so stretched. I would imagine – if 80% were involved in doing the labor of the Lord at our church – the amount of work and the quality of the work would increase and improve. It just makes sense! Right?

So where are we helping our church? Do we feel like we just don’t have the time to help? Do we feel we just don’t have the abilities to help? If these fit us – what about being a generous giver so that we might hire others to do what we feel we don’t have the time or abilities to do? Did we know that a tithe of a $40,000 annual family income is $4,000 or about $77 a week in offering? Of course a tithe on a family income of $80,000 would be $8,000 or about $154 a week in offering. We can easily figure out our tithe. Just saying (by the way – we are all called to tithe or sacrificially give and we are all called to serve in some capacity).

Luke 10:2 – He told them, The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.

Today I ask the Lord to increase the workers at our church – to enable us to harvest the fields around our church for Jesus! Will we all step up and say Lord – here I am – use me? We are in the season of Lent – a time of denial and reflection. What are we willing to give up in order to serve God? Where is God calling us to serve? The third part of our mission statement is to send people out to serve Christ. This is not always outside the church but often inside as well. What gifts has God given us to be used to His glory? If we would like to serve but can’t find a place – contact me or another church leader – please.  We can find a place for all to work in the harvest fields for sure!

Just something for us to think about today as we go on our way.

March 14, 2017 - Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, From the Pastor, Leadership, Lenten Thought, Missions, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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