Then He said to them, “The harvest truly is great, but the laborers are few; therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.” (Luke 10:2)
Seeking The Lost
The commodity of lost souls has never been lacking. At the beginning of time, there were only two. That changed quickly, and soon, the world was filled with the ungodly and the lost. A flood destroyed everyone on the face of the earth except eight souls in the ark. The world returned to the bounty of lost souls filling every niche and corner of the globe. Eight billion souls fill the modern world and according to Jesus, most are lost. The vast majority of the eight billion do not believe in God and less believe Jesus is the Son of God. There is no lack of someone who needs the truth of the gospel.
Jesus sent His disciples into the world to preach and teach the kingdom of God. He told them they were like sheep in a world of wolves. It would not be an easy task. There would be hardships, difficulties, and many would reject the teaching of Christ. The seventy went out and worked as hard as they could to share the message of Jesus. Returning to the Lord, they had joy and fulfillment. They were able to subdue the demons and Jesus exclaimed He saw Satan fall from his perch of rebellion. It was possible to take the war to the devil and defeat him. Nothing is said about the number of converts, but there was no doubt the seventy turned the world upside down.
Sending the disciples into the world was like sending workers into a field for harvest. Seeking the lost begins by seeing there is a harvest waiting to be gleaned. The fields are white to harvest. There is no lack of opportunity to share the gospel with others. The world has not changed from the Garden of Eden. Evangelistic efforts are hampered by those who believe no one in the world will listen anymore. Hearts are turned away from telling friends and neighbors the story of Jesus Christ. Was the world in the day of Jesus a better place than where disciples find themselves today? The world of Jesus was dominated by a cruel and oppressive government filled with sexual perversion, political assassination, and a government that could send soldiers into a town and kill all the male children two years and under with impunity. During the early days of the church, Jewish leaders persecuted and killed Christians, yet the church grew into the thousands. When the church was oppressed for nearly two hundred years, the work of teaching others the gospel did not stop. It gained momentum. Seeking the lost has always been the work of the church.
Satan uses everything in his power to stifle the evangelistic work of the church. He is content to allow a church to exist as long as they do not seek the lost. The devil convinces weak minds that no one wants to listen to the gospel, everyone is settled in their own faith, and the work of seeking the lost is useless. This is a lie. Jesus said the harvest is white to harvest. The problem does not lie in the lack of souls to save; but in the souls who lack the love to save lost souls. There are plenty of people to share the story of Jesus with, but the laborers are few. Renewing a spirit of seeking the lost begins with praying for more laborers to go into the field to harvest lost souls. Will the church allow a pandemic to stop the work of God? The early disciples were warned, beaten, threatened, and killed because they taught the lost the story of Jesus. They never quit. Nothing could stop them. The time has come to rise from the ashes of apathy and neglect and return to the work of seeking the lost. Look around. They are everywhere.