When the Task is Overwhelming…

We entered the restaurant to get a bite to eat for lunch. There were only two individuals waiting tables and the tables were full of hungry people!! (A bus load of individuals had stopped for lunch just before we arrived.) The waitress in charge was doing her best, but the size of the task was overwhelming. She did her best to get us seated, but it was not long before I saw her over on the phone, calling people with an urgent voice saying, “Listen, I’ve got a restaurant full of hungry guests, you’ve got to come! I need help!!”

That scene came to mind as I read Matthew 9.35-38 this morning during my time of “Coffee with the Lord!

Jesus had done all He could to personally minister to the needs of the multitudes in the towns and villages around Him… The Bible puts it this way… “Jesus went through all the villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness.”

The needs of the crowds and the size of the task, however, was overwhelming… The Bible says, “When He saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.”

Nothing has changed! We, as “the body of Christ” have been called (No, more than that – mandated, if you please – commissioned) to share in His task… to teach and proclaim the “good news” – the Gospel. We’ve been called to share in His ministry as “the body of Christ” – a ministry that also includes healing the hurts of humanity through His incredible power and message. The size of the challenge, though, is overwhelming – there is so much to be done.”

The solution to this problem? What was the answer Jesus prescribed? “Then Jesus 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!”

The way I see it, we who are followers of Jesus are to do everything we can personally to fulfill and further His ministry – no slackers, no one simply sitting on the sidelines as simply interested spectators! The task continues to be great, and the needs are pressing! … When we feel absolutely overwhelmed… We need to “pick up the phone” (the “heavenly phone”) on a regular basis and ask (i.e. pray!) for “the Lord of the harvest to send more workers into His harvest!”

Hey, the harvest is “white” (it’s ready – more than ready!) It’s waiting and may be lost without help!! He is faithful! I believe He’ll hear our fervent prayer and send out more “heavenly harvest workers!”

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