Evangelism: Consider the Readiness of the Harvest

He told them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord
of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.
Luke 10:2 (NIV)

God doesn’t give salvation strictly for the purpose of saving one person alone. It’s true that in His bounteous grace, He bestows eternal life on those who receive and believe in the name of Jesus, but this gift is not intended solely for the person to whom it is given. Salvation is intended to be shared.

It’s a simple plan, and because it’s God’s plan it is a good plan. Our Lord is a God of efficiency—we might even think of it as an ‘economy of scale.’ A single person accepts the Christ as Lord and Savior. That individual, in turn, shares the Good News with his or her contemporaries and others begin to follow Jesus as well. These newest believers share with yet others and even more believe. The circle repeats itself again and again until the Word has reached the ends of the earth and back again It’s never the one who shares that does the saving—only God can do that—but they are the conduit through which God reaches those who want to believe.

Following the Resurrection and prior to His Ascension, Jesus commissioned His disciples to go into all the world and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing and teaching them to obey all that Jesus had given them. Then He told them to wait for the Holy Spirit who would give them the power to be His witnesses in Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria, and even to the ends of the earth. [Matthew 28:19 and Acts 1:8]

It may be a little daunting to think that God expects us to be the tools through which He plans to reach those all over the world who don’t yet believe. He even teaches in Ezekiel that if we don’t warn others and they die in their sins, we will be held accountable. And that is something we definitely do not want to happen.

All the signs are coming together to manifest the urgency of our sharing the Gospel now. Tomorrow may be too late. God has opened doors overseas that have never been so open before. We must be willing to walk through. It is often said that there are two types of people: those who go, and those who send the ones who go through financial support and prayer. Whichever God has called you to do—go or support the goers—now is the time for action. The fields are ripe for reaping. The harvest is plentiful. Now all we need are the workers.

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