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Lord of the Harvest, by Teryl Hebert

Posted: August 28, 2013

Lord of the Harvest

Matthew 9:35-38, 35 Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people. 36 But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd. 37 Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few. 38 Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.”

As Jesus ministered in the cities and villages the work became overwhelming. There were so many sick and neglected that He realized in His humanity that He was limited and needed help to reach those around Him. So He made a simple observation to His disciples and taught them a simple prayer, ““The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few. 38 Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.”

Jesus saw those that He ministered to and likened them unto a harvest. Now consider who these people were, they were weary, and scattered like sheep without a shepherd, but they were Israel, God’s chosen people, and yet they had no shepherds. In Jesus’ mind, he considered sheep without a shepherd as a harvest. In Jesus’ day, much like ours, there were synagogues in every city and in many of the villages that He went to. Just like we have a church on every corner, they had ample access to the synagogue and to preachers/teachers. Yet He made the observation that they were sheep without a shepherd. The system was failing them then and it is failing many now.

In the community that I live in there are about 30,000 people that live in it. Yet on any given Sunday there are only about 3500-5000 that go to church, (this isn’t just a local trend, nationwide multitudes have left and are leaving the traditional churches). You would be hard pressed to find someone on the streets of our community that would say that they don’t believe in God or Jesus, but they don’t believe in the church.

There are so many that were raised in church or that were once active in church but now have just stopped going. There are many reasons for that some just love their sins and don’t want to be hypocrites, some have fallen into unbelief, but many were hurt by the system itself and just quit going. Many were burnt out in programs and still others watched as church splits and scandals rocked their local church. Some others were fed up with the never ending appeals for money, etc…

I could go on and on and on, but let me ask you, do any of those scenarios fit your life? Were you once active in church but now find yourself on the sidelines? Does your love for Jesus still tug on your heart while your hurts and pains serve as constant reminders and resistors to not go back to the very thing that caused your pains? If that describes you I want to help you.

Jesus told His disciples to pray for the Lord of the harvest to send workers into the harvest. God sends His workers to the harvest yet the whole church enterprise of our day is based on come to our church. Jesus said, “Go ye therefore…” but the churches continually say, “come to our church.” Friend, you and I are the church. We are the temple of God. If you would read the next chapter in Matthew 10, Jesus sent His disciples to the homes of the shepherdless sheep. And that is exactly what I am proposing here.

Eight years ago I closed down our traditional churches to go back to where Jesus did His most powerful works, in people’s homes. We worship in our homes with our closest friends and relatives. We eat a meal together and become best friends. There are no elaborate buildings or wearisome programs, just relationships. So I am writing this to appeal to you dear reader, if you are out of church, we would love to come to you. I know that sounds awkward, I understand how closed off we Americans are. But somewhere we have to make an effort, take a risk. I am so willing to risk for Jesus because He risked, and lost, everything for me and you too.

I will close with this last thought from the Book of Revelation 3:20, 20 Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me

Consider this message my response to Jesus sending out His workers into the harvest. I am knocking on your cyber door to ask you to let us help you return to your rightful place in His body. We would love to bring Jesus to your house to have communion and fellowship where you live. We are not trying to get you to join our church, we are trying to help you be the church.

If we can be of help contact me, Teryl Hebert by email, ccctr@cox.net

Grace and Peace,

Teryl

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