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 without God.”
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
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 God himself.
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
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 the last
days. The nations (etnos in Greek) urgently need our testimony in
order for the
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
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.