Matthew 9:35 Jesus traveled through all the cities and villages of that area, teaching in the synagogues and announcing the Good News about the Kingdom. And wherever he went, he healed people of every sort of disease and illness. 36 He felt great pity for the crowds that came, because their problems were so great and they didn’t know where to go for help. They were like sheep without a shepherd. 37 He said to his disciples, “The harvest is so great, but the workers are so few. 38 So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask him to send out more workers for his fields.”
In a book entitled, ‘People Sharing Jesus’, Darrell Robinson wrote, “I came to understand that unless I genuinely care about the person with whom I am sharing, my witness will lack compassion and sincerity.” Reaching people for Christ and ministering to those who know Christ is not about a job, a duty, an obligation or an opportunity to look important. It’s about genuinely caring for people.
Everywhere Jesus went and everywhere He looked, He saw people in need. He realized that their greatest need was salvation and so He faithfully shared with them the gospel, but He also realized that they had physical needs and so He healed people of every sort of disease and sickness. The Bible says that Jesus felt pity for those coming to Him. He saw them wandering about as sheep without a shepherd and so He did everything He possibly could to help them.
But even the Lord couldn’t do it all by Himself. One day, in the midst of ministry, He turned to His disciples and said, “The harvest is so great, but the workers are so few. Pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask him to send out more workers for his fields.”
On the night that the Titanic sank, there were 2,223 people on board and of them, 1,517 of them died in the cold, icy waters of the north Atlantic Ocean. Yet this great tragedy didn’t have to happen. Very few of the lifeboats were filled to capacity. People drowned that night because no one tried to rescue them.
As Jesus walked among the multitudes, He saw them like the victims of the Titanic. Men, women and children, drowning with no hope. From daylight to dark He labored among them, giving them all He had. Yet He needed help. He didn’t need doctorates in theology. He needed disciples who had a genuine concern for people. Jesus said, “Pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask him to send out more workers for his fields.”
Are you the worker someone is praying for to come and help?