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The Upward Look, by Jon Forrest

Join the Crew

The story is told of the captain of a Mississippi riverboat who, as his ship passed another vessel, grabbed the first passenger he saw and said, “Look, look, over there on the other boat. Look at its captain.” The man was somewhat bewildered and asked, “Why do you want me to look at that captain? What makes him so special?” Then the captain told him the story of how he had collided one night with another boat. His own vessel was foundering, and, in the process, he was thrown overboard. The captain of the other vessel saw his desperate plight and maneuvered close enough that he was able to dive into the water and save his life. After telling the story, the once-saved captain then turned to the bystander and said, “Ever since that day, I want to point out my rescuer to others.”

When Jesus sent 72 of his followers out to represent him and share his message, he told them the good news and the bad news. The good news…the harvest is plentiful. There are multitudes of people who are completely ready to embrace Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. They are only waiting for workers to come and bring them to the storeroom of God’s Kingdom.

But there is some bad news…the laborers are few. Just a statement of fact. Here Jesus is sending out 72 harvesters, but even that is a drop in the bucket as to what is needed. So, Jesus tells them what to do…pray about it. Pray to the Lord of the Harvest to send workers into his field.

The big question is why, when the harvest is all ready to be brought in, would the workers stay home?

You would think that, those of us who have been saved from hell, who have been rescued from drowning in our sin would want to point others to the one who saved us.

It is time for the church to become the harvesting crew Christ called us to become.

It is time to go, to work and to pray.

This Sunday I will bring a message based on Luke 10:1-16 titled “Lord of the Harvest.” Join me in praying now for God’s call for harvesters of His crop from the fields that are ripe unto harvest. Pray for the message, the messenger and those who hear. May God challenge each of us to join His crew.

Your fellow harvester,


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