When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them because they were confused and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. He said to his disciples, “The harvest is great, but the workers are few. So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask him to send more workers into his fields” (Matthew 9:36-38 NLT)
By Eryka T. Johnson
This message in scripture is so strong and still resounds loud and clear today. As Jesus went about teaching, preaching, and healing, He witnessed the desperate conditions of the multitudes He served and was moved with compassion. It was not enough for Him to be the only one anointed with power to minister to the people but He understood that it was going to take His Father to raise others up and send them out as well to work in the ‘field of ministry’.
This message resounds loud and clear today because it still is the cry of many. The truth is – there is much work to be done. And although many are answering the call, the need is still great for more. Just answer the call and the Lord will be the one to make you ready and send you out. Not long after in Matthew 10, Jesus gave power and authority to the 12 Apostles, commissioned them, and sent them forth into the ‘field of ministry’.
Can you hear the same cry? Are you moved with compassion to serve? Are you willing to be prepared and equipped through life experiences and understanding sound doctrine? Can you be trusted to work in the ‘field of ministry’ and proudly represent the Kingdom? If so, understand where your strengths lie in ministry and yield to that call. Better yet, begin working in the ‘ministry of reconciliation’ as stated in 2 Corinthians 5:18 and witness to others by sharing your testimony of the faithfulness and love of your Lord.
Eryka T. Johnson