Question #1: What Does A Ripe Spiritual Harvest Field Look Like?
"When He (Jesus) saw the crowds, He felt compassion for them, because they were weary and worn out, like sheep without a shepherd. The He said to his disciples, 'The harvest is abundant but the workers are few." Matthew 9:36-37 (HCSB)
A ripe spiritual harvest field are people who are wear and worn out! They look like sheep wandering aimlessly without the guidance of a shepherd. Do you ever see or know of people who are tired, weary, worn out or just exhausted with what this life has thrown out to them? Do you know of people who are disappointed, frustrated or even hurt by the reality of what life is on this earth? Do you know of people who have no direction in life? Have you seen people who have no purpose in life? Do you have family members who seem to be living in a rut of meaningless routine with no hope of getting out?
THOSE ARE THE SPIRITUAL RIPE HARVEST FIELDS!
Question #2: What's The Problem That Hinders The Harvesting?
According to the verse we just read and according to Luke 10:2 there's only one problem that hinders the bringing in the harvest. Look at what Luke 10:2 says,
"He (Jesus) told them: The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few." (HCSB)
The only problem there is to bringing in this great harvest is that there's not enough workers to do the job. There needs to be more laborers! We need more harvesters! Committed Followers of Christ who are willing to set aside their agenda's, their goals, their dreams to follow Christ out into the mission field (i.e. harvest field) and bring in the harvest!
The Problem In A Nutshell Is This:
THERE'S TO MANY SELF-CENTERED PEOPLE UNWILLING TO FOLLOW CHRIST AND WORK HARD TO BRING IN THE HARVEST!
Question #3: What's The Solution To The Harvest Field Problem?
"Therefore, pray to the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into His harvest." Luke 10: 2b (HCSB)
Here's What The Solution Is Not:
It's not for us to guilt people for not doing more in the harvest field!
It's not to trick or manipulate people to go and help