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The Vast Spiritual Harvest Field

Text: Matthew 9:36-37     IBCWPM     February 11, 2009

Preacher: Pastor Jose B. Cabajar


       Harvest time is a much-awaited time not only by hopeful farmers who toil much in the field, but the whole world as well. It's an expected season of great rejoicing and no farmer with a sound mind would delay his schedule or abandon his harvest. Harvest time is truly a special time to thank God for His bountiful blessings.


       In spiritual realm, the vast spiritual harvest field is being overlooked. In John 4:35, it is written, Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest. (KJV) This passage makes us realize the unjustifiable reasoning of many believers concerning spiritual harvest. Soul winning is not seasonal and should not be taken as literal harvest season.


       Christians who think that evangelization is seasonal and regional will surely limit their time and scope of their soul winning activities. Consequently, they will lose their great opportunity to lead lost souls to the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. The Bible tells about the great commission and the Lord reminds us of the needed global evangelization when He said in Acts 1:8, But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. (KJV)


       Believers should be aware that the Holy Ghost has come and is indwelling the believers today. Therefore it's time to move and go to the harvest field. Lost souls are everywhere, dying and going to hell, but it seems that many professing Christians are not concern with the debt they must pay. How shameful we are in the sight of God if we choose to stay in our comfort zone while few labourers are toiling in the field reaping for souls. We must keep in mind what the Lord said in Matthew 28:19-20: 19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen. (KJV)        


(I)  The Neglected Harvest Field

Matthew 9:36-37


       Spiritual negligence is a sad result of lack of interest on spiritual things and such sin, if not taken care of properly, will surely tend to spiritual deterioration. The moment a professing believer develops an indifferent attitude toward "The Great Commission", then the vast spiritual harvest field will be neglected.     


The reasons why it is being neglected:


-Many believers are not looking for mission fields

  John 4:35


       In John 4:35, the Lord said, Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest. (KJV) This passage illustrates the truth that without constant reminders, believers fail to see the vast mission field because they are not mindful of the things of God and not sensitive enough to see the needs of the lost and forgotten people.


       It is heart-breaking that many Bible-educated Christians are not looking for mission field because their hearts and eyes are focused on what the world could offer them. Knowing that the world cannot afford to give the ultimate need of the lost, we should then resolve no to focus our hearts on things of the world. We should be looking for mission field where we could help the lost by leading them to the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.                   


-Many believers don't have compassionate heart


      Obviously, many professing Christians don't have the "needed heart for missions". Their focus in life is more on the things that give pleasures to their fleshly being than their spiritual being. The absence of true love in the ministry could divert the true purpose of an existing Local Church. On the other hand, compassion cannot afford to see the sad faces of the lost on their way to hell. Without compassion, "passion for mission" will vanish away. Believers should show Christ-like compassion to the lost.


       In Matthew 9:36, it is written, But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd. (KJV) May our eyes be like Jesus' eyes and may our heart be fashioned like the Lord's heart.   


-Few believers are labouring in the mission field


       The scarcity of workers in the mission field is undeniably true. For the past years, it has been observed that very few believers are surrendering their lives to the Lord to serve Him in full time capacity. There are only few workers in the harvest field, and some are even quitting because of lack of support, physical illnesses, intimidation from ungodly people, enticement of the world and other unreasonable excuses. There are few faithful servants of the Lord who keep on labouring in the harvest field, but we should be reminded that these workers are also growing old and becoming physically weak and time will come when the Lord will take them up to heaven. Who will take their place in the vast spiritual harvest field?              


-Few believers are praying for the needs of the mission field


       The power of prayer should be realized and not to be underestimated. In Matthew Chapter 9:38, The Lord said, Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest. (KJV) This passage reveals to us that prayer is the secret of having more labourers in His harvest. Prayer touches the heart of God and changes the lives of people.


     True Christians must strengthen their prayer life and become more sensitive to the things they ought to pray for. We must keep in mind, that prayers produce bountiful harvest. The miracles of God could happen anywhere and anytime, but it takes faith and prayers to experience them in our lives and ministries.        


-Few believers are supporting mission works

  Philippians 4:15


      The worst debt a Christian may neglect is the sharing of the Gospel to the lost, but the question is: how could he pay that debt if he is not even aware of his responsibility? We strongly believe that teaching others concerning Christian life, purpose and accountability could help others to understand more about the importance of our physical existence in this truth-rejecting world.         


       How sadly true that only few believers have the mind to support labourers in the mission field. In Philippians 4:5, it is written, Now ye Philippians know also, that in the beginning of the gospel, when I departed from Macedonia, no church communicated with me as concerning giving and receiving, but ye only. (KJV) This passage denotes the great need of the missionaries so they may continue spreading the Good News.


      May our conscience convict us if we have beautiful Church buildings, multi-purpose facilities, high-priced vehicles and vast lands, but withholding what is due for the evangelization of the lost and dying world. We should take heed of the leading of the Holy Ghost upon our lives concerning our World Mission Program so we not neglect our vital role in sharing the Gospel, but intensify our evangelization through our deep commitment to mission.


      Salvation is free, but it took the precious blood and life of our Lord Jesus Christ to redeem us from the bondage of Satan. For such kind of love we received from God, we cannot afford to be selfish by not giving our money to mission, by not giving our time to prayer and soul winning, and by not giving our lives to serve the True and Living God. We must bear in mind that God wants the lost to be saved and He wants us to reach them with Christ-like compassion.





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