The Harvest is Plentiful, But The Workers are Few

The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few (Matthew 9:37 and Luke 10:2). Jesus' eyes reflecting one laborer/harvester in the grainfield. The reflection in Jesus' tears have many people worshiping false gods and going to hell in addition to worldly Christians indulging in a lukewarm, selfish lifestyle.

JOHN THE BAPTIST ARTWORKS SERIES

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SOLD, Acrylic on Canvas

 

“When he [Jesus] saw the crowds, he had com­pas­sion on them, because they were harassed and help­less, like sheep with­out a shep­herd. Then he said to his dis­ci­ples, “The har­vest is plen­ti­ful but the work­ers are few. Ask the Lord of the har­vest, there­fore, to send out work­ers into his har­vest field. ” (Matthew 9:36–38)

I got the idea for this paint­ing while I was very deep into prayer late one night. God was con­vict­ing me over my deep-rooted self-centeredness. I was deeply sad­dened when I real­ized what it was doing to my Lord and to others.

For every­one looks out for his own inter­ests, not those of Jesus Christ” (Phillip­i­ans 2:21)

After I repented, the Lord Jesus became tan­gi­ble that night, and I felt his pres­ence fill the room. I saw him so clearly at that time, not with my phys­i­cal eyes but with the eyes of my heart. His pres­ence was very sweet and com­pas­sion­ate, and I could feel the immen­sity of his love being poured out onto me. At the same time, how­ever, I felt that he was deeply grieved over two par­tic­u­lar things.

The first was over the many, many per­ish­ing souls, and I remem­bered his words, “…the har­vest is plen­ti­ful…” The sec­ond was when his peo­ple cling to self-centeredness. Again his words came to me, “…but the work­ers are few…”

If we believ­ers would seek the inter­ests of Jesus Christ rather than our own, how many more work­ers would be will­ing to be sent out to the har­vest field? Our self-centeredness pre­vents us from deny­ing our­selves that Christ may live through us and lov­ingly reach these people.

I tell you the truth, unless a ker­nel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a sin­gle seed. But if it dies, it pro­duces many seeds. The man who loves his life will lose it, while the man who hates his life in this world will keep it for eter­nal life. Who­ever serves me must fol­low me; and where I am, my ser­vant will also be. My Father will honor the one who serves me.” (John 12:24–26)

For as I have often told you before and now say again even with tears, many live as ene­mies of the cross of Christ. Their des­tiny is destruc­tion, their god is their stom­ach and their glory is in their shame. Their mind is on earthly things. But our cit­i­zen­ship is in heaven.” (Phillip­i­ans 3:18–20)

This paint­ing illus­trates these two par­tic­u­lar things I felt the Lord was grieved over. The reflec­tion in Jesus’ tears from his right eye are images of those who have not yet been reached with the gospel (2.7 bil­lion peo­ple). The reflec­tion in his tears from his left eye are images of the sin and self-centeredness of the first world church. In the reflec­tion of his eyes are vast fields of wheat, ripe for harvest…but only one worker. May the Lord send work­ers out into His har­vest field.

“‘My food,’ said Jesus, ‘is to do the will of him who sent me and to fin­ish his work. Do you not say, ‘Four months more and then the har­vest’” I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for har­vest. Even now the reaper draws his wages, even now he har­vests the crop for eter­nal life, so that the sower and the reaper may be glad together.’” (John 4:34–36)

(See “Free Book”, which pow­er­fully addresses these issues.)

(See also “John the Bap­tist Art­works Series: Real­ity”, “Mir­a­cles, Mar­tyrs, Mis­sions Series: One Ker­nel” and “John the Bap­tist Art­works Series: Take Up Your Cross”.)

To read about how God has saved peo­ple from around the world, see “Tes­ti­monies”.