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Judges 15, 16, 17; Luke 10:1-24

And he said to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.” Luke 10:2

Being on the mission field, this is a prayer that my husband and I pray a lot. “Oh Lord, send people who will walk with us, side by side in the work you have called us to. Send people who are willing to labor, willing to sacrifice; send people who have a like heart, who are loyal and faithful, who burn with a passion for You, a desire to serve You…”

A shortage of trustworthy, dedicated laborers is an ever present issue for many ministries. It is difficult to find people, native or foreign, who are willing to put in the work that it takes to conduct outreaches and other enrichment programs; it is tough to find people who are willing to give up personal comforts and potentially risk their well-being and safety to evangelize, to preach the Gospel to unreached people who may lash out in anger against messengers of the Living God.

Becoming a foreign missionary is challenging on many levels, and I fully understand why many aren’t ready to answer that call, preferring to stay in their own neighborhoods. But I often wonder if there is a greater obstacle that is a discouragement to people.

As I began to hear the call to India, I often questioned: Why would God choose me? I have nothing to offer, my spotty past makes me ineligible to serve the Lord!?

I couldn’t see past my failings; I didn’t understand how God could use me, when I had sinned so much in my life. I felt my past overshadowed my present, my future, my ability to serve.

As I read the Bible and the Lord’s voice grew stronger, I began to understand that God did not call me because of what I had to offer, because I had everything I needed for the commission, or because I was sinless. He called me because He has a plan to use me despite of my lack, my failings, regardless of my sin, to show His glory through me.

Then Samson called to the Lord and said, “O Lord God, please remember me and please strengthen me only this once, O God…” Judges 16:28a

Samson is a perfect example of a man used by God to accomplish His purposes, to act as a judge for Israel, in spite of the sin in his life. He was a man given to sins of lust, frequenting prostitutes and engaging in premarital sex. He was full of pride, anger, unforgiveness, and a craving for vengeance. He was a murderer. But, God chose him, gave him strength, and used him give Israel’s enemies a thrashing many times over.

Samson’s story shows me that God has called all of His children, that He has a specific purpose for everyone, even for me. Samson’s story reminds me that, though my past may be filled with shameful things, God is greater than my weaknesses. He takes away my shame and gives me the strength that I need. He equips me for my assignment to labor for the harvest.

 

Blessings – Julie (writing from Sholavandan)

 

 

Unless otherwise indicated, all scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version® (ESV®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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Joshua 10, 11,12; Luke 10:1-24

Luke 10:2

He gave them this charge: “What a huge harvest! And how few the harvest hands. So on your knees; ask the God of the Harvest to send harvest hands.” MSG

He told them, “The harvest is large, but the workers are few. So ask the Lord who gives this harvest to send workers to harvest his crops.” GW

And He said to them, “The harvest indeed is abundant [there is much ripe grain], but the farmhands are few. Pray therefore the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.” AMP

He said to them, “There is a large harvest, but few workers to gather it in. Pray to the owner of the harvest that he will send out workers to gather in his harvest.” GNT

Therefore said he unto them, “The harvest truly is great, but the labourers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth labourers into his harvest.” KJV

Then 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. NKJV

He said to them, “There are a great many people to harvest, but there are only a few workers. So pray to God, who owns the harvest, that he will send more workers to help gather his harvest.” NCV

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.” NIV

These were his instructions to them: “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. NLT

Then said he unto them, `The harvest indeed [is] abundant, but the workmen few; beseech ye then the Lord of the harvest, that He may put forth workmen to His harvest.” YLT

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Dear heavenly Father,

I come before you today to ask for the provision of laborers for Your harvest. Jesus explained that the harvest of people who will choose to believe You is a vast field, as vast as the surfaces of the world. There have been Gospel seeds planted in the hearts of many and yet there are so many more seeds to be planted. And, as those seeds are planted, watered, fertilized, and cultivated the need for harvesters grows greater and greater. As the end days grow nearer and more and more untouched people hear the Good News, as more and more people obey Your call to ‘Go,’ the fields are getting fuller and bearing more fruit. Lord, but as You said, there are not enough hands to do all of the Kingdom work that needs to be done. Father, I ask You, You who are the Master of the harvest and the Lord of the harvesters, release and commission more of those who are willing to go to all areas of the world. Release volunteers to help ministries both in their local communities and across the Earth. Let loose those who are willing to do ANYTHING for You, from cleaning a latrine to creating newsletters and websites to stuffing and addressing envelopes to living among the people who need you the most. Unleash apostles, prophets, evangelists, preachers, and teachers to impart and explain the Gospel to the lost men, women, and children. Let there be an outpouring of helpers like a flood gate opening. Let there be a supernatural unity between organizations and denominations that brings all of the laborers together in one accord with one heart, and one goal – loving people into Your Kingdom. Let there be a day when all will say, “They came out in full force, all their troops massed together—a huge army, in number like sand on an ocean beach” (Joshua 11:4). It will be an army of Your believers, mighty men, women, and children of the One True Living God, ready to fight with love. It will be an army of workhands prepared to reap the harvest for Your Kingdom. Father, only You can make it happen. Release it Lord, release it! Help us Holy Ghost! In Jesus name. Amen.

Blessings – Julie, Vadipatti, India

For more information about the ministry we do in India, please feel free to contact my husband and I at immovablegraceministries@zoho.com. We are currently working on creating our website.

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