We are all excited about being called a royal priesthood, a holy nation, but Jesus’ kingdom is not of this world.
The Lord has clearly told us to look up, the harvest is great, but the workers are few. In preparation for God Touching the Nation this month, we are called to pray for laborers and go and be the laborers in the harvest field.
The true Gospel that produces a harvest is the Gospel in which Christ’s glory shines. It is God who has commanded the light to shine from the darkness. Jesus has brought the light of the Gospel into the world and He has left this mission to those He has called to be children of light. As Paul prayed in Ephesians “I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance …” The Holy Spirit’s empowerment helps us to become witnesses to the resurrected Christ and to minister this Gospel.
We are all ministers or laborers. Religion divides clergy and laity so that ordinary believers are duped into thinking they must leave evangelism to the professionals. But the Spirit uses each one in the body of Christ. Jesus only has your feet to fulfil His will in this world.
Just like Jesus was sent to seek and save the lost without condemnation on His lips, He sends us out with an invitation to the highways and byways, to the individual, to His banquet.
“How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!” (Romans 10:14-15).
As we spend time in worship and prayer, Jesus opens our eyes to the harvest, and we GO. It’s not just only for our family and friends. He died for the whole world and this is His vision as John sees in Revelation 7: