“The fields are white unto harvest… pray for workers for the harvest.”
I love that verse.
I have only in the past few years come to realize that very few teachers “rightly divide” that verse considering the simple context of it.
You have no doubt heard this taught as an invitation from Jesus to raise up “leaders.” Yes, maybe that is so, in a very indirect way that is so. It is of course true that God is calling current leaders to raise up leaders. However that is not in the least what Jesus is calling for here. This is a commentary about:
A. The constant condition of the receptivity of human hearts anywhere, everywhere is ripe – at least a decent percentage are ripe.
Let’s rephrase that without losing anything Jesus said. “The fields are white unto harvest…” He didn’t put any conditions upon that observation. I have heard so many many many pastors – leaders tell me, “You don’t understand how things are here… this is a super tough place… it isn’t like it is in Cincinnati… or Los Angeles… or D.C… or Oslo where you have been.” Hello! All of those places are actually in the category of “spiritual graveyards. I won’t get into it here, but each of those areas have been described by numerous evangelists as being graveyards. It’s not about the geography for those who are hyper-spiritual and are seeing more than God himself concerning the “reigning spirits…” Wow… someone tell me to ‘come on!’ The issue is always just this: “Are you willing to notice what God IS doing… Are you willing to notice WHO God IS touching, IS inviting.” Guaranteed, wherever you are, Jesus is at work with a huge percentage of your local population. If you don’t agree with me that’s fine. You are wrong. Be wrong if you like. But you are wrong. Jesus says so, and I agree.