In a time before TV, the internet, or Social Media, Jesus went viral. For three years, wherever Jesus went, crowds followed. Matthew records an interaction Jesus had with his disciples as he looked over the growing crowd.
36 When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. 37 Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; 38 therefore, pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.”
- Matthew 9:36-38
Jesus was not looking at random people. These are people coming to see and hear Jesus. As the crowds grew, Jesus did not say we need to build a building, get organized, or develop a strategic plan. Jesus asked the disciples to pray that God will send workers to the people who are “harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.”
In Matthew chapter 10, Jesus gave the disciples His authority and sent them out to tell the people the Good News. The news that the Messiah has come. This reminds us that the disciples were the answer to their own prayer, just as we are the answer to that prayer today.
We are called to labor in the harvest, to tell people the Messiah has come and that through Him we can have life to the fullest.
Read the full vision statement here.