S (Scripture): Matthew 9:35 Jesus traveled among all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, announcing the good news of the kingdom, and healing every disease and every sickness. 36 Now when Jesus saw the crowds, he had compassion for them because they were troubled and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. 37 Then he said to his disciples, “The size of the harvest is bigger than you can imagine, but there are few workers. 38 Therefore, plead with the Lord of the harvest to send out workers for his harvest.”
O (Observation): Jesus’ ministry is often done “along the way.” He encounters many people on his travels from one place to another. He has compassion on them all. He helps those he can, but there are so many who need help.
So, Jesus turns to his disciples and calls on them to reach the masses. He looks to them to call on God to bring about those who would tend to the harvest – the people without hope. The “workers” have plenty of work to do. Now, they must engage. For the harvest is plenty, but the workers are few.
A (Application): How many folks are equipped to work with the harvest, I wonder? If I were to ask you to disciple a group of folks who are willing, would you know what to do? What steps would you take? What would guide your time with them? What would be your model?
For reaching out to the harvest is a good first step…but how will you engage those who engage with you?
I faced these same questions, yes, even as a pastor. What are the right steps? What model will I follow? Etc. I was willing, but I didn’t know what to do.
I ended up finding a group of folks who helped me to figure this out. It’s “a” model, not “THE” model. This model is based on the life and methods of Jesus. The 3DM group (http://3dmpublishing.com) taught me these methods, originally, but I am adapting these methods to work in my setting.
Following the ways of Jesus is not an exact science, nor will we always get it right. The relationship between us and God and us and each other are very important in discipleship. Our process for lifting up disciples who make disciples is an important element in harvest work. Dwelling in the God-moments is important as we discern what God is saying to us and what we will do about it. Understanding our individual callings is important to us, so we can see how God is calling us to live.
So many things to consider…but such a big harvest. Let us prepare for the harvest, by preparing one another for the path that Christ lays out for us.
P (Prayer): God, shape our hearts and minds around the life of Christ, that we, too, might be called to work the harvest and be humble in our approach to this work. Amen.