The Word of Grace Devotion for the Week of February 23, 2015
Lord of the Harvest
Luke 10:1-3, “After these things the Lord appointed seventy others also, and sent them two by two before His face into every city and place where He Himself was about to go. 2Then He said to them, “The harvest truly is great, but the laborers are few; therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest. 3Go your way; behold, I send you out as lambs among wolves.”
Beloved, as we read this portion of Scripture from the Gospel of Luke we learn some principles for our mission field. First we learn that it is the Lord that has appointed us and sent us, “the Lord appointed seventy others also, and sent them two by two.” Beloved, the location that the Lord has placed us is where He desires to use us. Allow the Lord to minister in you so that He may minister through you. Remember you have been appointed by Jesus Himself to reach the lost of your mission field.
Second, we learn that the Lord does not send us to a location that He did not first intend to visit, “where He Himself intended to visit.” In other words, Jesus always goes before us. Beloved, as we minister out on our mission field, whether it be work, or school or a foreign country, we need to take comfort that Jesus not only has sent us but He has gone before us. This truth is especially important when the times get difficult and results may not be what we anticipated. We need to trust that Jesus is faithful and true to His Word.
Thirdly, we need to pray for more laborers, “therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.” It is our constant cry that hearts would be broken to the cry of the lost. So we pray, “Lord, send more laborers!”
Finally we learn that the harvest is great, “The harvest truly is great, but the laborers are few.” Beloved, the harvest may not look great but we need to remember that the Lord desires to do a work inside before He messes with the outside. In other words, that drunk on the street corner may be our harvest! When Pastor Steve Mays was brought to the Lord he was found passed out in a gully. God cleaned him up and used him mightily.
Beloved, God has appointed you, sent you and empowered you to bring in the harvest! May all glory be given to the Lord!
I pray that you will have a blessed week! I love you and I will be praying for you!