And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people.
But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd.
Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few;
Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest.
Matthew 9:35-38 KJV
November is a favorite time of year for many, including me. By now, we have received a respite from stifling summer heat; especially welcomed if you live in the south. In addition to cooler temperatures, some of us are still enjoying the visual eye candy God provides: brilliantly-hued leaves in the most glorious shades of green, gold, yellow, orange and rust. Others in more Northern climates have already pulled out their boots and coats, preparing for the colder, more wintry days to come.
November also signifies the onset of the holiday season. A few short days after this year’s presidential election on November 8, we’ll be honoring American heroes and warriors; those veterans of the armed forces who defend our liberties. Thanksgiving isn’t far behind, and by then the holiday season is in full swing. (November is also my birthday month – but you didn’t hear that from me! *wink)
It’s a busy time of year. Yet, busy or not, we don’t want to be so focused on “busyness” and forget the more important spiritual matters. Reflecting on this month, I was stirred to consider Jesus’ words in the gospels concerning the harvest. He had been going from town to town doing the work of the kingdom – teaching, preaching and healing. Looking at the multitudes following Him, our Lord was stirred with compassion by the magnitude of the work facing Him and the disciples. Why? Because He saw the magnitude of people’s need.
When we follow Jesus’ instructions to, “Look out on the harvest,” we can’t help but to see the myriad of needs surrounding us. Someone in our circle stands in need of encouragement and inspiration. The lost, unlovely and unloved need us to pray and intercede for them. So many need us to demonstrate the love of God in practical ways by helping them with their natural needs.
Above all, people need us to put aside any hindrances such as fear of rejection, intimidation, complacency, or busyness, and tell them the good news of the gospel. They need a Savior, and we need to be the laborers going out into the harvest and winning souls for the kingdom of God and His Christ. We need to realize it’s Harvest Time! Be Blessed.