Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and curing every disease and every sickness. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.”
I can’t imagine how many sick and hurting people Jesus must have seen on His travels. So many people were and still are hungry, homeless, and in need of Hope. Hope that only Jesus can bring. But Jesus was only one man, and He could only help so many people. He left the task to His disciples to help those He could not.
The harvest are the people (especially those in need) who are ready and willing to come to Jesus. There are still so many of those people left. And Jesus prayed that God would sent laborers to help bring those people to Him. I believe that as Christians we are called to be the laborers. We are called to bring people to Jesus.
So what can we do? Let’s look to Jesus as an example. There were three main parts of His ministry. First, He proclaimed the Good News of the Kingdom of Heaven. Second, He cured every disease and sickness. Third, (and this hasn’t happened yet in Matthew) He fed His followers. There are all things we are perfectly capable of doing! We can teach those we meet about God. We can help feed the hungry. And we can help (primarily through donations) to cure the sick and find cures for the things we haven’t cured yet.
THIS is what Jesus wants us to do. This is how He wants us to treat the non-believers and sinners. It’s so different from our natural inclinations, so it might be hard work. But think about how much better it would make the world!