Luke 10:2 is an oft quoted passage of Scripture used to encourage people to go to the mission field because there are too few workers and the fields are ripe and bursting for harvest...
Unfortunately, I think the emphasis is misplaced in the context of this verse. We ABSOLUTELY should consider our place in GOING... but I'll come back to that in a minute...
The challenge Jesus is giving is to prayer. "Pray to the Lord of the harvest..." Not just pray to the "great farmer" but to the one who rules over the entire harvest... from seed to fruit and everything in between! Can we ask and Trust that God will raise up those who will fulfill His purposes in specific times and places?! YES!
But... Too often we pray a cursory prayer and then get to work making connections and trying to mobilize people for the task at hand. Don't get me wrong, we need to network and ask challenging questions to people, encourage them to step out of their comfort and consider God's calling to those who need Jesus... but the emphasis here in Luke 10 is prayer and asking God to raise up workers for HIS harvest.
Would you join me in prayer for a team (that God will raise up) for Puebla Mexico March 12-23 2009? Over the next week I am committing to praying for this team that God would raise up those He would choose to fit together on this team for this work.
Oh... and about the challenge that you and I should always consider to go... remember this... you or someone you know MAY be part of the answer to the prayer you pray!
When in doubt... go to the wall!
For more information about the team going to Puebla Mexico or to download an application you can visit Bethel's Outreach Website HERE (click on "go teams")