Nov. 20, 2020

Field of Souls

Field of Souls
Aaron Barker
 
“Then said he to his disciples, ‘The harvest truly is plenteous, but the laborers are few; Pray therefore that the Lord of the Harvest send laborers into his harvest,”
Matthew 9:37-38

One day while I was praying this verse, the thought came to my mind, “Lord, make me a worker in your harvest.”  We can all be workers in this Great Gathering of souls right where we are.  At any given time throughout our day we can look to our left and our right and see someone that does not know Jesus Christ.

Every one of us is part of the Body of Christ, “fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplies” for the work of the Lord and the growth of the kingdom.  This means that we are placed by God’s sovereign will in our own neighborhoods, jobs and any other community involvement so that we can share Christ with those around us. Those folks are ones that you can reach and have a rapport with that I will never achieve.  But we must be available for God’s use whenever he asks us.  We must be sensitive to God the Holy Spirit and be willing to go off our regular paths to warn the lost about the coming wrath of God.
 
Philip was responsive to this leading and ran from his course to witness to the Ethiopian eunuch.  This man of great authority placed faith in Christ and was baptized, all because Philip listened.

Just to give you an idea of how many of these instances we face everyday, take this shocking statistic under consideration:  In this world there are over four billion people who do not know Christ as their savior.  Over half of them have never even heard the name of Jesus.  This means that over two thirds of the world’s population are lost.  It is “high time to awake out of our sleep: for now, is our salvation nearer than when we believed. The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light,” (Romans 13:11-12).     
 
Some of us go off to foreign lands to reach men and women with the Gospel.  Some stay right here in America and witness to those around us.  Some shout the Gospel in the streets and are bold to everyone with whom they come into contact.  Then there are those who are on their knees before the throne of God daily weeping for the lost.  “For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office.  So, we being many, are one body in Christ and everyone members of another.  Having then gifts differing according to that grace that is given to us…” (Romans 12:4-6).

Each morning when we go out into the secular world we must have our loins girt about with truth, having on the breastplate plate of righteousness, the shield of faith, the helmet of salvation, the sword of the spirit, which is the word of God, and we cannot go out barefoot.  Our feet must be shod with the preparation of the Gospel of Peace, ready to speak the things which we have seen and heard.

Let Jesus’ words ring loudly from from the hearts of Christians that we are going into all the world and preaching the Gospel to every creature,” (Mark 16:15).
 
Soli Deo Gloria