Posted by: missionventureministries | March 24, 2014

REACHING THE LOST FOR JESUS – Matthew 9:37-38

Matthew 9 vs 37-38

Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. “Therefore beseech the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into His harvest.”Matthew 9:37-38 

Notice, that Jesus took the initiative. He didn’t expect people to come to Him; it was He who sought them. 

They will not seek, they must be sought – they will not learn, they must be taught – they will not come to Jesus, unless they are brought.

As true believers and followers of Christ, we have the Holy Spirit living in us; we need to be reaching the lost for Jesus just like He did. 

What would happen if Jesus had waited for us to come to Him? Do you think we would have come? Jesus had to go after each one of them! Now the question is this: will we reach out to people who have eternal souls – what are we doing each day to influence their decision and eternal destiny?  

In 9:36 Matthew writes, “Seeing the people, He felt compassion for them, because they were distressed and harassed like sheep without a shepherd.”  

The disciples and Jesus both looked at the same sea of humanity; but Jesus saw something that the disciples did not. He saw the hurts of people. He saw people harassed by pressures, tormented by their past, exhausted by their present and frightened by their future. Why didn’t the disciples see this? They saw with their natural eyes, not with their spiritual eyes. 

Matthew states that Jesus “felt compassion” for people and His heart went out. Whenever Jesus saw people lost, He had a deep concern for them. 

We must pray to have the compassion of Christ, since compassion is love in action. (Matthew 22:36-40) 

We must see people with the eyes of Jesus and we must seek to act. This means being aware of their hurts and needs. There are times when people are especially responsive to spiritually things. (1) When a person is recently divorced. (2) When a person loses a loved one. (3) When a person moves to a new town. (4) When a person is in the midst of a significant physical trial. During these traumatic times in peoples’ lives they are most open to the gospel. We must be sensitive to the Spirit and look for every opportunity to share Christ with those who are lost, or need to come back to Him. 

Jesus has promised us that there’s a plentiful harvest. The only problem is: “The workers are few”. Yet, God is looking for “workers” who want to reap His harvest. Notice Jesus doesn’t call for pastors, missionaries, evangelists, leaders, or experts; He calls for “workers”. 

Harvesting a crop requires effort and Jesus relates this passage to agricultural work, which is much like spiritual work; it takes patience and perseverance. Sadly, putting these qualities into action is lacking in many believers. Yet, Jesus is calling you and me to the ultimate harvest of the men, women, boys and girls who need Jesus.  

Harvesting it is not a glamorous or showy activity that generates applause – it is hard work! 

Will you work for the harvest? It’s the only pursuit worth devoting your life to. In 9:38, Jesus closes with these penetrating words, “Therefore beseech the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into His harvest.” 

Although the harvest is already His, it must be gathered in. To this end, we need selfless workers (Matthew 10:1–42). This is a clear command; and the reality of hell should be a huge motivation for each one of us to reach the lost, remembering that ultimately, it is the Holy Spirit who is the true Soul winner. Thus it is our responsibility to share God’s Word with those who do not know Christ. The Holy Spirit then uses His Word to point out the person’s sin and the righteousness available through Christ. 

Jesus told his disciples just before ascending to heaven that they would receive power when the Holy Spirit came and that they should be His witnesses both in Jerusalem and on to the remotest parts of the earth. (Acts 1:8) Therefore as His we need to reach out and teach others how to get to know the Savior that died for all of us. For we all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God, (Romans 3:23). 

There is only one life that will soon pass. And only what’s done for Christ will last.

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