Genesis 29:1-35; Matthew 9:27-38; Psalms 12:1-5; Proverbs 5:15-21
NT: “Jesus continued going around to all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom, and healing every disease and every sickness. When he saw the crowds, he felt compassion for them, because they were distressed and dejected, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is abundant, but the workers are few. Therefore, pray to the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into his harvest.”” (Matthew 9:35-38 CSB)
This scripture is especially timely. Just last night, over 500 churches in the greater Nashville Area kicked off 30 days of prayer and fasting. The movement is called Awaken Nashville and this will be it’s 2nd year. Last year we prayed for people we didn’t know, covering every listed person in the Nashville area. This year the focus is on people we do know – people in our sphere of influence. But overarching both years is the call for Jesus’ Church to awaken out of their slumber and engage the commission that every committed follower of Jesus is called to engage. My kids hear me say this often: the root cause of all the social injustice, bigotry, racism, etc. is sin. There is only one way to address sin and actually see a transformation in society. It is not political programs, or protests, or clever hashtags, or progressive agendas. The only way to truly transform society is for the people in that society to be transformed from practitioners of sin to workers of righteousness. True and lasting transformation only comes as people are made into new creations through faith in Jesus Christ. Have people over the millennia misrepresented Christianity and done evil things in the name of Christ? Yes, they have. But true, authentic disciples of Christ are new people that are full of light and life. If you truly have compassion for the distressed and dejected, get the gospel out there so that people can respond to it. True transformation takes work by those who lay aside their preferences and comforts and take on Jesus’ yoke and work alongside Him in the harvest. Revival isn’t something that just miraculously happens. Revival occurs when Christ’s followers line their priorities up with Christ’s and begin faithfully obeying Him. Then, in the midst of obedience, comes the winds of grace that stoke the sparks and fan the flames. Pray to the Lord of the Harvest so send out workers, which includes us.
Psalms: “Help, Lord, for no faithful one remains; the loyal have disappeared from the human race. They lie to one another; they speak with flattering lips and deceptive hearts… “Because of the devastation of the needy and the groaning of the poor, I will now rise up,” says the Lord. “I will provide safety for the one who longs for it.”” (Psalms 12:1-2, 5 CSB)
The plight of the world can seem discouraging. The task is, when limited to our resources, overwhelming. We can look out at the state of society and think: “No faithful one remains.” God is willing to rise up and He is more than able to save – yet He works through His faithful followers. Who is willing to offer their lives as a living sacrifice to be used mightily as a worker in the Harvest?