Our scripture this week is Matthew 9:35-10:8.
Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.”
Jesus describes us as “sheep without a shepherd” (9:36) and it is a sad but true statement. Without a relationship to God through Him, we wander aimlessly. For this reason He sends His disciples into the world, that all may know God’s love and care for us.
Just like the people of that time, we need a connection to our Creator, and we need to share that wonderful blessing with all the world. Jesus calls us to be the disciples of today, going into His harvest field to bring others to the Lord. He has shown us the way, now it is up to us to show our brothers and sisters.
We have received the gifts we need in order to accomplish this mission and we must help others recognize their gifts as well. Those who are new to God’s kingdom need our guidance. Making disciples means sharing and teaching, pointing them to God’s harvest fields that all the world may know Him.
Gracious God, we realize the awesome responsibility You have given us. Help us to be energetic in our discipleship, to bring everyone at last into the folds prepared for us. Amen.