Friday, December 12, 2014

Sending the Seventy, part 3

Now after this the Lord appointed seventy others, and sent them in pairs ahead of Him to every city and place where He Himself was going to come. And He was saying to them, "The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore beseech the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest. (Luke 10:1-2 NASB)

The word translated as "Lord" is kyrios. It is a title of honor and respect given to a master by a servant and is one of the names given to the Messiah. It is used in this instance, however, a little differently. In this instance, the word indicates "he to whom a person or thing belongs, about which he has power of deciding; master, lord" (BLB) Lord, in this instance, means owner of the harvest. 

This is a marvelously complex concept, yet incredibly simple at the same time. Jesus, the Master and Lord of His followers, sent seventy disciples out to the places where He was going so they could prepare the way. There is a harvest of souls to be gathered, He told them, and I am sending you. The harvest is huge, however, and many more laborers are needed. Therefore, ask the Lord of the harvest to send more workers. 

Who is the Lord, or owner, of the harvest? Jesus. It is His word that acts as the seed that grows into the harvest. The harvest belongs to Him and He is the boss of the workers. What Jesus was telling them was, in the vernacular, "If you need more help, just let Me know." He knew more help was needed. He knew from the start that the job of harvesting was too big for the people He sent. Perhaps what He intended was that we would know that, too. 

When we understand that the work before us is God-sized and that it is far more than we can do alone, we are more likely to depend upon our Lord, the owner of the harvest, for help. We are more likely to do things His way, simply because we realize our way is inadequate. Take a look at the portion of the harvest to which God has assigned you. Is it too much for you? Too big a job? Wonderful! You are right where you need to be! If the task before you is too big, do what Jesus said to do. Ask Him for help. He who owns the harvest wants to get the harvest in and is happy to help. There is one requirement, though, and we often fail to meet it. If we need help (and we do), we have to ask for it. 

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