October 6, 2014

Read: Luke 10:1-14 

Just how counter-cultural is the Bible? Many preachers you see on TV make it seem like you don’t need to change anything about your actions, that God wants you to be happy just like you are, even if it’s in a sinful habit. But is this the true message of scripture?

In Luke 10, Jesus sent out the seventy. And in doing so, He said, “The Harvest is abundant, but the workers are few.”

The Harvest?

When I read this passage recently, I noticed for the first time that he referred to non-believers as “the Harvest”!

Looking at this passage through this lens, a few pointed questions arise in my mind:

-Can wheat harvest itself?

-Can one ear of corn pull itself down, and then pull off another ear of corn and prepare it?

And finally. The hardest question of all:

-Considering this, how can we, as believers, be anything like that which we are commanded to harvest?

Crops cannot harvest themselves. They need something outside of themselves to bring them to harvest. Likewise, the lost cannot harvest themselves. They need someone to bring them to Harvest. They need Jesus. Our job is simply showing them the way.

Consider how alike you are to those you are called to Harvest.

Pray: 

Adoration: God is holy, mighty, gracious, and merciful. Spend time declaring your love for Him and expressing your thoughts of praise and worship. 

Confession: Ask God to search your heart and reveal any areas of unconfessed sin. Acknowledge these to the Lord and thank Him for His forgiveness. 

Thanksgiving: Express your thankfulness to God for the blessings He has given you. When we consider that we deserve punishment because of our sinfulness, and instead God gives to us His love and mercy, our only response should be one of thankfulness. 

Supplication: Petition God for growth in your compassion and love toward others.  Offer prayers for your loved ones and others who do not know Jesus and for those in need.  Ask God to use you to tell others about Him and show His love. Offer prayers concerning your activities for this day and any special concerns you have.