“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.”
Today’s verse is a verse that has almost become an exclusive “missionary” mandate. So often when people read it, they disassociate themselves with the passage and lay the burden of evangelism (actually being the light in the darkness) on those who feel they have a call to serve God abroad or in a full time capacity. Should this be the case?
Jesus, in address to His disciples, tells us two important things. What God’s responsibility is and what our responsibility is. If we are to understand the “harvest” as people making a commitment to serve and follow the Lord (…in charge of the harvest) and the “field” the world we live in (..into His fields), then this passage makes in very clear that both salvation and this world are His. Does this negate our responsibility in working in partnership with God, to bring about a harvest of souls? Absolutely not!
Jesus Himself said, pray to the Lord for more workers. This does not mean that we should exclusively pray for more people to go out across the lands and spread the gospel as missionaries (although we should pray for more people committed to doing that!). This means that we should pray that everyone Christian would take up their responsibility as missionaries to this world.
We are called to be the salt and light to a dark and lost land. We are all called to share the good news of Jesus Christ. We are all called to go into the fields and work for Christ, whether that be working in a secular employment, parenting your children in a Godly way or working in a small rural village in the heart of East Asia. Whatever we do, we are God’s ambassadors, working in partnership with Him to extend His Kingdom.