A Harvest in Need
This morning is our annual Missions Sunday. It is a time in which we focus our attention on the mission of the church, to glorify God through making disciples of all nations. This mission comes directly from Jesus. In his earthly ministry, Jesus performed many miracles, healing every disease and illness. Gracious and merciful as that was, that was not his primary ministry. His primary ministry was the proclamation of the gospel of the Kingdom of God and urging sinners to repent and turn to him in faith. Likewise, his disciples are commissioned with the same mission, to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ to a lost and needy world. And to do that, we must be filled with a sincere Christ-like compassion for the lost. Then we must pray; pray for God to do what only He can do in sending laborers into his harvest to proclaim the gospel and draw sinners to himself by the power of the Holy Spirit.
1. When was the last time you felt compassion for another so strongly that you felt it in your gut?
2. What do you pray for most frequently? Do you regularly pray for the salvation of the lost or for God to send more laborers into his harvest? Why or why not?
3. What are the obstacles in your life that keep you from feeling compassion over your lost neighbors, friends and coworkers?
4. What are the fears that hold you back in praying 'Lord, here I am, send me'?
5. Has there been a moment when your eyes were opened to see the great spiritual needs around you? If so, describe it.