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Matthew 9:37-38 He said to his disciples, “The harvest is great, but the workers are few. So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask him to send more workers into his fields.”
Sometimes, churches will use this passage to encourage people to go out and share the gospel message with others. On the surface, this seems like an excellent passage for this purpose. But for those listening to Jesus teach, what He said had a much deeper meaning.
The CSB Study Bible notes that this passage occurs directly before Matthew 10:5, which is when Jesus sends out the twelve disciples. As such, it’s highly likely that Jesus was referring to Himself as “the Lord of the Harvest” when He said, “So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask him to send more workers into his fields.” Immediately after teaching this passage, Jesus Himself sent more workers into the fields.
This all ties in with the ongoing theme of the Kingdom of God throughout the Gospel of Matthew. Jesus was building His kingdom and sending workers out to participate in the process. He is continuing to invite you to join Him in His work.
READING & PRAYERS:
MATTHEW 9:18-38 (also read the commentary notes in your Study Bible of choice.)
QUESTION: What is one way God may be inviting you to participate in the building of His kingdom today?
Take a Step: Remember to continue utilizing the One Minute Pause app throughout the week. If possible, begin to explore and practice the 3, 5 or 10 minute pause to more deeply root yourself in Christ.
PRAYER: Heavenly Father, I know You have given me a purpose but sometimes I wonder what exactly it is You have called me to do. Today’s reading is a reminder that it’s not primarily about what You’ve called me to do, but is instead about who You have called me to be. You have called me to be a builder in Your kingdom. You have affirmed that I have something to contribute. Whether great or small, You have invited me to participate. Today, may You continue to reveal to me the countless invitations You provide for me to do so. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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