For some reason, over the past week, I have been thinking a lot about this verse in Luke’s Gospel:
“The harvest truly is great, but the laborers are few; therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.”
It may be that some of my recent reading in Roland Allen may have influenced my thoughts; but the essence of my thoughts was two-fold:
- Is this the approach we use when we are burdened for the lost? Or, do we pray the labourers that they would feel exercised and go?
- What if some go without being sent out by the Lord of the harvest?
How is His sending known? Is it totally subjective? Or, are there confirmations from others who are in tune with the Lord of the harvest?
I am not suggesting that I have an answer; simply that this is something we need to think about very seriously.
It is also significant that in the next verse Jesus identifies Himself as the Lord of the harvest by sending out the 70.