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The harvest is great, but where to get the workers?
The Principles of the Cell Churches - Thoughts and Ideas

When I pray for the church in our country to grow, I realize that one of the greatest obstacles is a lack of workers. It is key that the Lord would call these people into his harvest. And he really does long for it because he wants us to pray for it: 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. (Luke 10:2)
Firstly, he wants to use us who serve him already. That's why after the Jesus's appeal to ask for more workers he continues by this command:
Go! I am sending you out like lambs among wolves. (Luke 10:3)

Shortly before he was taken up to His Father he reminds us not only where to go but also what we should do there: Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. (Matthew 28:19-20a)

 

More workers then, will be people who don't know Jesus yet whom we will help to find him, and once they form a relationship with Him, we will support them in their growth. Apostle Paul wrote his famous statement about this: And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others. '(2 Timothy 2:2)

And there is another group, for which we can pray and which we often forget in our prayers. Paul met one of the people belonging to this group: Paul came to Derbe and then to Lystra, where a disciple named Timothy lived, whose mother was Jewish and a believer but whose father was a Greek.  The believers at Lystra and Iconium spoke well of him.  Paul wanted to take him along on the journey, so he circumcised him because of the Jews who lived in that area, for they all knew that his father was a Greek. (Acts 16:1-3)

In our country (and not just here) there are people who already know Jesus, and He wants to call those too. Maybe like Timothy they serve the Lord and the brothers give a good testimony about them. Maybe the time has come when God wants to send a “Paul” who will give this “Timothy” an invitation to start doing even greater things than he has been doing so far.

There are also those who have accepted Jesus but either left the harvest or haven't joined it yet. These brothers and sisters also need the touch of God. Maybe similar to what Nicolas Ludwig von Zinzendorf experienced, the founder of the first protestant mission (“Moravian brothren”). When he saw an image of Christ being crucified, he couldn't do anything but proclaim: “I've loved him for a long time but I never really did anything for him. From now I will do everything he leads me to.” His lifelong motto then became: “I have one desire, it is Jesus, only Jesus.”

There are about 10 million people who don't know Christ in the Czech Republic. The harvest is truly great. This number may seem depressive. But if we search Jesus's attitude towards people who don't know him or don't have anyone who could help them grow in their spiritual life, we will realize that nothing is lost: When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Jesus called his twelve disciples to him and gave them authority to drive out impure spirits and to heal every disease and sickness. (Matthew 9:36 – 10:1)

Jesus had compassion with people. But he didn't stay just there. He knew that prayers and willingness to go will bring much fruit. He also gave power to those he sent.
That is a challenge for us as well. For our daily prayer for workers – prayer for ourselves and for other Christians and their steps into new situations and also prayer for those who don't know Jesus yet. It's an appeal for us to go out into the harvest and take brave steps towards people every day. To God they are the most valuable and the most precious thing he ever made. Jesus has the power to win them back and he wants to use us in the process.

Radek Ž.