After this the Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them on ahead of him, two by two, into every town and place where he himself was about to go. 2 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.
There is an old idiom which says “many hands make light work.” The meaning is pretty obvious: when work needs to be done the more people who will get involved in that work the easier it is to do. We find this to be true in our home when it comes to chores. We have 5 children, so needless to say we know how to make a mess! In fact, we make so much of a mess that it is virtually impossible for Chrystal and I to do all the cleaning ourselves. It seems like as soon as we finish the dishes and that load of laundry there are two more loads and 10 more dishes awaiting us. So, every week we get our children involved in doing chores around the home so that we transform the chaos into some kind of order. The more they get involved the more we can accomplish.
Jesus says the same thing about the harvest right here in Luke 10. He tells us that the harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. When you look around our society it seems like the needs are never ending. The problem is not the lack of needs or the lack of people to minister to. The problem in reaching the world for Christ is not the culture, it’s the laborers. The harvest is not, and never has been, the issue. Some spend their time blaming the culture for all the problems in our world, but Jesus says the problem is the lack of laborers. What about you? Are you laboring for God? Are you giving, serving, and inviting so that others will come to know and grow in Christ? Many hands make light work. The more people invested in and working in God’s harvest field the more needs we could meet and the greater the impact that we could make. Let’s pray for the Lord to raise up more laborers, and let’s be the answer to that prayer as we pray it. Many hands make light work.