REFLECTION FOR TODAY,
October 1, 2020
By Fr. Andrew Ibegbulem, OSA
Jesus appointed seventy-two other disciples whom he sent ahead of him in pairs to every town and place he intended to visit. He said to them, “The harvest is abundant, but the laborers are few; so, ask the master of the harvest to send out laborers for his harvest.” Luke 10:1-2
As Jesus sent these seventy-two disciples out to prepare people for his coming, He urged them to share in his desire that the church family would be established finally. There were not to be distracted by anything. He empowered them to carry out his mission and warned them that they would face opposition.
Our world is in great need of the love and mercy of Christ. It’s like a dry and barren land waiting to soak up the gentle rain. You are that rain and our Lord wants to send you forth to bring His grace to the world.
It’s important that all Christians understand that they are indeed being sent forth by the Lord to others. This Scripture above reveals that the world is like a field of abundant fruit waiting to be picked. Too often it sits there, withering on the vines, with no one to harvest it. That’s where you come in.
How ready and willing are you to be used by God for His mission and purpose? You may often feel as though the work of evangelizing and harvesting good fruit for the Kingdom of God is the job for someone else. It’s so easy to think, “What can I do?”
The answer is quite easy. You can turn your attention to the Lord and let Him send you. Only He knows the mission He has picked for you and only He knows what He wants you to harvest. Your responsibility is to be attentive. Listen, be open, be ready and be willing. When you sense Him calling you and sending you, do not hesitate. Say “Yes” to His gentle promptings. Our calling to harvest for the Lord entails we bring the grace of the gospel into our world. This calling put us like the seventy-two in the midst of a spiritual battle.
To accomplish the mission of harvesting for the Lord, we must stay close to Jesus in prayer love and obedience. Prayer is very important in our mission of harvest for the Lord. This passage says, “Ask the master of the harvest to send out laborers for his harvest.” In other words, pray that the Lord sends many zealous souls, including yourself, into the world to attend to the many hearts that are in need.
Reflect, today, upon your willingness to be sent by Christ. Give yourself to His service and wait to be sent. When He does speak to you and send you on your way, go without haste and allow yourself to be amazed at all that God wants to do through you.
Lord, I give myself to Your service. I lay my life down at Your feet and commit to the mission You have in store for me. I thank You, Lord, for loving me enough that I may be used by You. Use me as You will, dear Lord. Jesus, I trust in You.