Summary: Why Jesus Concentrated More on Harvest Than Maintenance Ministries - Matt 9:36-38 (Pressing on for the upward call of God in Christ Jesus)
Why Jesus Concentrated More on Harvest Than Maintenance Ministries - Matt 9:36-38
Illustration:The noted English architect Sir Christopher Wren was supervising the construction of a magnificent cathedral in London. A journalist thought it would be interesting to interview some of the workers, so he chose three and asked them this question, "What are you doing?" The first replied, "I’m cutting stone for 10 shillings a day." The next answered, "I’m putting in 10 hours a day on this job." But the third said, "I’m helping Sir Christopher Wren construct one of London’s greatest cathedrals."
1. Jesus concentrated on sending out workers into God’s harvest fields. The Lord said, "Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into His harvest fields." (Matt. 9:38) Beseech the Lord to help you focus your energies on harvesting rather than simply preserving the already existing fruit.
2. Jesus concentrated on producing a greater crop of qualitative and quantitative fruit for the expansion of God’s kingdom and righteousness. (Matt. 6:33) He said, "Seek first, His kingdom and righteousness and all these things will be added to you as well. You can tell a lot about people and their organizations by their priorities as reflected in where they spend their money, time and talents.
3. Jesus concentrated on improving His disciples’ abilities to multiply His church. Jesus said to Peter, "I will build my church and the gates of hell will not prevail against it." (Matt. 16:18) Ask the Lord for the wisdom, relationships and strength to help be a part of multiplying Christ’s church in your communities.
4. Jesus concentrated on building bridges to reached the unreached and lost souls rather than merely maintaining what fruits He had. The Lord said, "Make disciples of all nations." (Matt. 28:18-20) Ask the Lord for a greater burden and facility to reach the unreached in as many ways as possible. Perhaps, you can help show a Jesus video in your community or to the youth.
5. Jesus concentrated on looking for new opportunities to bring in the one lost sheep rather than spending all of His resources on the 99 sheep in His fold. The Lord told the disciples, "Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch." (Luke 5:4) The Lord Jesus came to seek and save those, which were lost, and so should we.
6. Jesus concentrated on taking the gospel to the hungry and those who recognized they were spiritually sick. The Lord said, "It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners." (Matt. 9:12,13) Ask the Lord to keep you focusing on the lost and the needy rather than those who are spiritually content and maintenance oriented.
7. Jesus concentrated on getting God’s approval rather than man’s empty praises. When people saw Jesus go to the house Zacchaeus, the tax collector, they said, "He has gone to be the guest of a sinner." (Luke 19:7) Ask the Lord for the courage and spiritual focus to go to where God wants you to be despite criticisms.