AN UNUSUAL ASSIGNMENT
Jesus has given us an assignment unlike any other.
(Matthew 9:35-38) Then Jesus went to all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom, and healing every disease and every sickness. When He saw the crowds, He felt compassion for them, because they were weary and worn out, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to His disciples, “The harvest is abundant, but the workers are few. Therefore, pray to the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into His harvest.”
1. Our Assignment’s Harvest
A. The “harvest” is folks who are “weary and worn out”.
B. Being weary and worn out is a state of mind.
C. We are surrounded by a harvest of the “weary and worn out”.
2. Our Assignment’s Workers
A. Jesus never expected the 12 disciples to be the workers.
(Matthew 9:38) “Pray to the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into His harvest.”
B. Jesus never expected the 70 followers to be the workers.
(Luke 10:2) “Pray to the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into His harvest.”
C. Jesus always expected US, not them, to be His workers.
(Matthew 10:7-8) “As you go, announce this: ‘The kingdom of heaven has come near.’ Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those with skin disease, drive out demons. You have received free of charge; give free of charge.”
D. Jesus expects us to find and minister to the weary and worn out.
3. The Assignment’s Blessing
(Matthew 9:8) “You have received free of charge; give free of charge.”
A. When we bless others, we also receive a blessing.
B. “Our nervous system is wired to find satisfaction by seeking the best for others.”