Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I. Send me!” Isaiah 6:8
The latest unemployment statistics from the Bureau of Labor Statistics show a national unemployment rate of 8.9%. In some states, like California, Michigan, South Carolina and Oregon, the rates are over 11%.
What this means is that millions of people across the United States are looking at want ads in the Classifieds, hoping to find a job that will meet their needs and the needs of their families.
God published a want ad long ago, and it still applies today.
Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.”
Perhaps there are more than a few followers of Jesus who are being called into a “new” career of harvesting.
Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.