In Matthew 9:37 -38 ESV, Jesus speaking, “He said to his disciples, ‘The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.'” Luke tells the same story in Luke 10:2 NIV “He told them, ‘The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.‘” Emphasis mine.
When you read these verses how do you respond? Do you pray for God to send someone, or do you think about revival meetings, door to door canvassing, soul winning campaigns, missionary services? Maybe you think about special days, programs, enticing music whatever you can do to attract people to come.
However, Jesus did not say to compel them to come. Notice it says: SEND OUT WORKERS INTO HIS HARVEST FIELD. WE ARE THE LABORERS! I believe he wants us to build relationships with people, share Jesus by our lives as much as our words.
We are to be like Him, and he didn’t sit in the Synagogue waiting for people to come to Him. He went where they were, had meals with them, went to the weddings, the funerals, wherever people were, you found Jesus. In Luke 7:34 ESV we read “The Son of Man has come eating and drinking, and you say, ‘Look at him! A glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’”
Are we more concerned with what people say about us then what God wants from us, more about what our “Christian” friends say than the person who may never hear about Jesus unless we tell them.
I think it is time we did exactly what He did, go where they are, build relationships, connections, trust, engage them. Be His hands and feet, show mercy, grace and love. When they see that we are honest, and we care, believe me, then they will listen.