Here in Missouri we live in largely an agricultural region. Like in Jesus time, the picture or image of fields is commonplace. We understand the idea or concept of fields becasue it is an essential part of our own lives, even our very existence. The farmer does a large part of his work in the fields. It is in the fields that their season is made, or lost. Every year, season after season, they prepare the ground, the apply the fertilizers and chemicals, the plant the seeds, they pray for the right amount of rain & sun, and then, with the Lord's blessing they eventually take in the harvest. I have a lot of admiration for the farmer, and their dedication to the fields. The farmer is truly a special person as year after year, season after season, whether the results are good or bad, they continue to go into the fields, and do the work. Farmers are some of the most dedicated and resilient people I have ever met. The live and breath working in their fields.
I believe we can all learn something from the farmer, and I also believe that this is why Jesus used the image of the fields to encourage His disciples out into the fields to work. Listen to what he said;
"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 9:38
The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few, now that is an amazing thought. To think that a farmer would do all the preliminary work, and yet not have enough workers to take in the harvest. Do you know of a single farmer that would do that? I don't! In fact, it has been my experience that harvest time is the most exciting time on a farm. Everyone is busy and working towards one goal, taking in the harvest. Like the farmer our Father God has prepared the spiritual fields around us. He has prepared the soil, put on the fertilizers, planted the seeds, and is ready to take in a harvest.
Jesus instruced His disciples to ask the Father for workers for the fields. Do you know what field you are to be working in? If not, I would encourage you to ask the Father for your field assignment and begin today, doing whatever is necessary in the way of training or discipleship so that you can find yourself in the field that the Father desires you to be in. You see every day in the Lord's fields is harvest day. He is looking for workers for His fields who are willing and excited to take in the harvest. What field are you working in?
I leave you with this verse, and our goals CCM for 2016.
"Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ. From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work." - Ephesians 4:16
1) Fill all spots in our Children's Church for the next 8 months and then for the school year 2016-2017.
2) Grow from 14 cell groups to 25 cell groups with both Cell Leaders and Cell Assistants.
3) Break the 200 barrier in our regular Sunday Celebration attendance.
4) Integrate as many people as possible into some form of ministy so that we all have a part in CCM.
5) Grow in all of these areas, and continue to grow in our emotional & spiritual health during the process.