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A Profession with Zero Unemployment!
By Kerry A. Olson
The recent global financial crisis has reached levels unseen for decades
by all industrialized nations with many individuals losing a large percentage
of their life savings invested in the stock market, as well as record
levels of unemployment in many nations of the world. While people are
desperately trying to hold on to what they have or as my dad says, “Get
all they can and can all they get!”, God is looking for people willing
to give him all they have by laying down their lives for the expansion
of His Kingdom.
Having served God for half of my life as a missionary and mobilizer of
Latino missionaries I can say with authority that there is NO nor will
there ever be, unemployment on the mission field! But don’t just
take my word, Jesus stated more than 2000 years ago that “the fields
are white unto harvest, but the laborers are few… Pray therefore
that the Lord of the Lord of the harvest send forth workers unto his harvest
(Matthew 9:36). While the lack of workers seems to be a timeless spiritual
truth according to scripture, it should not discourage us from obeying
God and praying that more workers be sent out to the world's least reached.
Each year I have the opportunity to visit our missionaries around the
world and without exception there is always a lack of workers. Whether
in the large cities of Asia or in the middle of the desert in Northern
Africa, the cry of the few existing workers serving there is the same,
“Send us more workers!”
HOW TO SEND MORE WORKERS!
Pray that the Lord send out more!
“Pray therefore to the Lord of the harvest that he send out laborers
into his harvest.” - Mateo 9:39
In very few occasions Jesus instructs us as to what we are to pray for.
In this instance, he not only instructs us to pray for the sending of
workers, but actually uses the word, “beseech” or “cry
out” or intercede that the Lord of the harvest send out workers
into his harvest.
Joy Dawson of Youth With A Mission has said that “not praying is
the sin of pride, because it’s thinking that we can accomplish something
How many Christians really understand this principle and are actively
praying (crying out) to God that he send forth laborers into His harvest?
I am afraid too few. There is much pride and self sufficiency within the
body of Christ. The church is doing a thousand things within the context
of its four walls, but has forgotten the millions of unreached outside
them who have not heard the Gospel, and who will not hear unless we understand
that we are to be interceding that God send forth workers into His harvest,
as well as consider going ourselves!The interesting thing about prayer
and intercession is that often times we ourselves become the answers to
our own prayers. Someone has said that you should be very careful when
you are praying that the Lord send forth workers into the harvest field,
because you might hear him say to you, “You go!”
Are you seeing correctly? Do you have both your spiritual and natural
eyes open to the world around you? On another occasion, Jesus spoke of
the need to “Lift up your eyes and look on the fields for they are
ripe for harvest” (John 4:35-36). This speaks to me of taking our
eyes off of ourselves and not being egotistical. George Otis Jr. has said
that “we will only become successful to point in which we identify
ourselves with the vision and hear of the Lord Jesus.” Jesus said
that “He who seeks to save his life will lose it, and whoever loses
his life will save it.” (Luke 17:33)
Jesus came to seek and save that which is lost. The purpose and strategy
of God has not changed over the centuries. God’s desire is that
no one perish that all come to repentance (2 Peter 3:19). Looking at the
world, it’s evident that God’s will is not being done today
and we the Church are at fault.
Someone has said that “this generation of Christians is responsible
for this generation of souls.” God will not ask us for an accounting
for the past generation or for those who have not been born yet, but for
our own generation. Jesus said that we are to go into all the world and
preach the gospel to every creature. Could it be that most Christians
today are not identifying with the vision and heart of Jesus for the multitudes?
I fear that the majority are much more worried about their own well being,
their savings in the stock market, etc. rather than that which interests
According to the Word of God, a large part of the answer in seeing more
workers being sent out to the harvest field, is in “lifting up your
eyes” or having the correct perspective, God’s perspective!
(John 4:35) This takes the focus off of ourselves and places the focus
upon a world which needs us, as well as realizing that God needs us as
well to bring about His will on earth. God wants to use your life in fulfilling
his purposes. Without God we cannot. Without us God will not.
Be filled with compassion!
Upon seeing the multitudes, we cannot but avoid being moved with compassion
because the Holy Spirit resides within us. Compassion implies action.
Compassion without action is like seeing a building on fire and feeling
sad for the people trapped inside and doing nothing. Compassion requires
and implies action!
The entire Bible reveals a God full of compassion. Jesus time after time
upon seeing the multitudes (Matthew 9:36; 14:14: 15:32, Matthew 1:41;
6:34, 8:2) had compassion on them and expressed that action by healing
the sick, restoring sight to the blind, casting our demons, providing
food for the multitudes and raising the dead (Luke 7:13).
I John 3:17 teaches us that one cannot have the love of God without expressing
compassion. Jude 1:22 states that compassion makes the difference! Are
you making a difference in the world?
Bob Pierce of World Vision has said, “May my heart be broken for
the same things that break the heart of God.” Again, the problem
is our selfishness, having our eyes fixed upon ourselves and our own needs,
which is totally humanistic, a wrong perspective.
“But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on
them,.. Then he said to his disciples, the harvest truly is plenteous,
but the laborers are few, Pray therefore to the Lord of the harvest, that
he will send forth laborers into his harvest.”
God’s strategy to complete the evangelization of the world has not
over the centuries: the sending of workers into his harvest. The need
workers is urgent and even more so today, because I believe we are in
days. The nations (etnos in Greek) urgently need our testimony in order
task to be completed and for the end to come ( Matthew 24:14).
If you are looking for a “job”, a strategic profession which
is worth giving your life for because it deals with eternity it self,
accept God’s challenge to work where the work is more abundant,
more needful and where the need for additional workers is urgent.
On one side of the coin, it is indispensable and crucial that you know
that God is sending you to the mission field, because knowing that is
the only thing that will keep you on the field in the difficult times.
The other side of the coin is as someone has said, “He who has a
verse <<go into all the world and preach the Gospel>> does
not need a call. The call has been given!
While there is truth in both of these statements, the actual lack of workers
in the mission field is not because people do not have a call or do not
understand the biblical mandate, rather that people want to live their
lives as they desire and have not consulted God on the subject. Remember
that there always has been and always will be a profession with zero unemployment.
There is no unemployment on the mission field! Therefore have your eyes
open, be filled with compassion and cry out to the Lord to send out more
workers to his harvest and ask don’t forget to ask God is he might
be calling you!
Taken from an article originally published in Spanish
entitled: Una Profesión con Cero Desempleo por Kerry A. Olson.
Click here to the read Kerry's original article in Spanish.
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