Luke 10:2 Therefore said he unto them, The harvest truly is great, but the labourers are few:pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth labourers into his harvest.
i recently read a post asking where to find laborers for the church. I myself have had the same thought before. Bible Colleges are full of young people…wouldn’t it be nice to get a few to come help out at the church and intern for a couple years? Chances are…not gonna happen! And yet the church needs laborers. We need Sunday School teachers, musicians, singers, Bible Study teachers, preachers, and the list goes on!
There are several points to this ‘issue’.
#1 – There a churches with a multitude of ministers sitting on the pews. Don’t get me wrong…it’s great to have back-up preachers available. But what did God call you to? To sit on the pew? There are unchurched cities across the nation, with lost souls begging for someone to come preach to them. And we’ve got preachers on the pews. There are small churches with their pastor wearing his time thin, trying to do it all alone, who would give anything for some help.
#2 – There are those who God places a call on, but for some reason, they never respond. Perhaps they don’t know God’s voice, and therefore don’t hear the call? Perhaps they are scared and uncertain to answer. Perhaps they have had a need for security and ‘responsibility’ placed within them from childhood and their ‘common sense’ won’t allow them to transplant their family without the security of their home and job? Perhaps they are in a situation where their leadership doesn’t want anybody to leave for the fear of lower attendance numbers?
#3 – People sit every Sunday and Wednesday in pews across the nation, but never want to get involved. Involvement, whether it be teaching Sunday School, getting involved in the music, or whatever it might be, requires time. Their time is spent devoted to their job, their family, and their entertainment. They don’t want to give up their precious time to work the harvest. And so the fields remain under-staffed.
#4 – There is also a lack of training. I completely understand the concept…’I’ll do it myself so I know it’s done right!’ I have problems in that area as well. But churches need to spend time and focus training people. Teach others to sing, play instruments, teach Bible Studies, preach, teach Sunday School… The more availability we have of laborers, the greater the harvest!
And while I’m at it, we should be learning at the feet of our elders! They won’t be here forever! They paved a path for the church to be where it is today! The boldness that took, the focus it required, the wisdom they learned in the process…we should desire to gain from their experience!
So…now…with that being said…get in the field and begin to labor!