In Matthew 9:37, Jesus tells us that “the harvest is truly plenteous, but the labourers are few.” In the verse following, He asks people to pray for labourers.
As Navigators, we do pray for labourers. Indeed, we not only pray for them, we work hard at producing them, building young Christians up to be disciples, and then giving them the skills and vision to minister to others.
But if we stop there, we really are not accomplishing what Jesus sought. Jesus not only wanted labourers to be raised up, but for them to be “sent forth into His harvest.” Harvesting has to do with giving the incredible gift of eternal life to people. As Jesus says in John 4:36, “Even now the reaper draws his wages, even now he harvests the crop for eternal life.”
I am writing to you from Kuala Lumpur where I am attending a conference of Navigator national directors from the Asia-Pacific region. Our regional director, Alan Ch’ng, reminded us of the above…that raising up labourers is not an end in itself, but merely the means to the all important end of reaping God’s harvest.
The needs in Singapore are large. The needs are even larger in the Asia Pacific, home to 97% of the world’s unreached people. Who will reach them? Those who have not only been trained to labour, but those who, like Isaiah, have said, “Here am I. Send me.” Have you said that?