“The harvest is so great, but the workers are so few. Pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest, and ask him to send out more workers for his fields” (Luke 10:2).
I’ve heard this verse countless times but its truth is only now starting to grip my heart. I didn’t realize the size of the harvest until I got involved in Eastern European ministry. For instance, in a city of 300,000 there might be 2-3 evangelical churches and 200-300 believers. Ministry opportunities are endless – our missionaries are working with the homeless, orphans, prisoners, teens with HIV/AIDS, children who live in sewers, abused women and children, high-risk families, and the list goes on. They’re investing their lives in sharing the hope of Christ with those who have no hope, but they need coworkers to help carry the load. The harvest is so great, but the workers are so few.
Everyday, people in Eastern Europe and around the world are going into eternity without Christ. Do we, as western believers, really understand what this means? Do we really get it? If so, then our response ought to be as Isaiah’s was in Isaiah 6:8: “Here I am, send me!” No matter where He leads, no matter what it costs in personal sacrifice, time, and finances. Unconditional obedience based solely on what Christ has done for us.
Jesus’ words have become my prayer: “Send more workers for Your fields, Lord. The harvest is great but the workers are so few.”