Devotional | Called to the Harvest
Am I really able to bring people to Jesus?
“Then he said to his disciples, ‘The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few.’” (Matthew 9:37 NIV)
Billy Graham recently turned 95 years old. Spanning 70 years of ministry, Billy has won an estimated 3.2 million to Jesus and has preached to 2.2 billion people. Both my natural father, Siebren Hart Boersma, and my spiritual father, John Arnott, were won to Jesus through Billy's crusades. A lesser known name is that of Mordecai Ham, the small town evangelist who won Billy to Jesus at age 16.
As impressive as these numbers are, by far the majority of Christians come to Jesus through the witness of someone one-on-one — a parent, a friend, a neighbour or a co-worker. It is true some will have the ‘office of an evangelist’, carrying a particular gift to win people in salvation. Praise God for them. However, we are all called to win souls. We are all called the saints who are to be equipped to do the work of the ministry.
It may be a word spoken in due season, the witness of our life, reaching out to a neighbour or a purposeful act to get onto the streets or travel across the world — whatever the means, may we all be anointed and bold in sharing the greatest news of all. There is a God who loves us and His Son died to pay the price to remove the penalty for our sin so we can have an intimate relationship with Him. We are loved so we can love.
Moses said in Numbers 11:29, "Oh, that all the Lord's people were prophets and that the Lord would put His Spirit upon them!" (NKJV)
I'd like to declare, "Oh that all the Lord's people were evangelists and that the Lord would put His Spirit upon them!"
The harvest is truly plentiful. Through the power of the Holy Spirit we have a sickle in our hand. "He who wins souls is wise." (Proverbs 11:30b NKJV)
Until He Comes!