God has always proved that the harvest is plenty!
"The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field."
Jesus prayed that workers be sent and God being faithful did send the workers. We may wonder, Who are the workers? Where are they coming from? Are we importing any one from abroad? No! we are the workers! We are the answered prayer of Jesus! In order for us to have a great harvest we need to understand three things.
1. Understand The Value Of Soul
What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul?
Jesus understands the value of soul. Because that is the only thing from the earth, that will reach the heaven! The soul is more valuable than the whole world. Sometime we don't understand the value so we run around with so many worldly ambitions, works, problems, yet fail to understand there is nothing more valuable in the world than saving souls.
a. Because of its origin : Life is from God /we are made in his image. Gen. 1: 27 say that God created man in his own image
b. Duration of existence : Every thing, other than our souls will perish. Matthew 25:46 says "Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life."
c. Cost of redemption : The cost paid for our souls is very high - blood of Jesus(1Peter 1:18-19)
That is why the Bible says in Proverbs 11:30 - The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and he who wins souls is wise.
2. Understand The Value Of Relationships
1 Thessalonians 2:8
We loved you so much that we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well, because you had become so dear to us.
Paul says, that he was delighted to share not only the gospel but also his life. Many people in the world are looking for a meaningful friendship. A loving caring disciple can definitely provide that. 1 Cor 9:19-23 says in order to win souls for Jesus we need to become all for all men / women. These are the few things you can do with them.
a. Build a great friendship as you share the gospel
b. Be hospitable. Share your meal with them. Food is a great entrance to peoples heart (especially men)
c. Visit their homes. Jesus did
d. Find out their obstacles and be patient with them
e. Pray consistently for them. It helps you to remind yourself that God is in control of their lives not you
f. Never give up! Remember love perseveres
g. Involve other Christians who can be their friends
3. Understand The Value Of Building For God
As we build his kingdom we got to understand one thing! Whatever we do we need to do it for the glory of God.
1 Corinthians 10:39
So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.
This is to my Father's glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.
Not to us, O LORD, not to us but to your name be the glory, because of your love and faithfulness.
We work hard, do our follow ups, study the Bible with people, go to their house when they miss an appointment, be patient with them when they doubt us and don't believe in God's word .We do all this with one purpose -to Bring glory to God!
Secondly we need to be careful how we build.
1 Corinthians 3:10
By the grace God has given me, I laid a foundation as an expert builder, and someone else is building on it. But each one should be careful how he builds.
It is our conviction that the fruit comes from the Lord. But how you build in your ministry comes from your conviction. We need to build a house for the Lord that will stand the test of time!
a. Answer their doubts
b. Ask lots of questions
c. Expect them to do the challenges after each study
d. Pray with them!
E. Teach them to evangelize!
F. Challenge their weakness.
So let us have a great harvest in the coming months! We pray that the Lord of the Harvest will bless us as we do His work.