By Brooke Holt
“And he said to them, “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 10:2
Do you remember your life before coming to Christ? I certainly do. I was raised in the church by good parents who longed for me to know and believe. While I was in church each Sunday, my heart was not captivated by God. Unlike my younger sister, Sarah, I did not have the gift of faith. Instead, I was bored and resistant to church and Sunday school teachings.
That was until I went to a Christian sports camp the summer after fifth grade. While I was hesitant about the Christian aspect of this camp, I was excited for days of tennis, blobs, go-carting, and many other exciting activities. As a very active kid, nothing was more fun for me than days filled with such excitement!
God blessed me that summer with amazing experiences on the blob, the courts, and on go-carts. But even more memorable than those things were the ways the staff shared and taught about Jesus. He was no longer boring to me. Those staff members lived with passion and purpose. They clearly loved God, each other, and us campers. I soaked in their love and teachings. Whatever they had, I knew I wanted it!
As you can imagine, I gave my life to the Lord that summer. In fact, I went back to that camp for ten more years. I made lifelong friends and grew every year in the knowledge and love of the Lord. The harvest of campers came each summer hungry and ready to learn. If those staff members had not sacrificed their summers to be with us, I might never have heard the Gospel in just the right way and had my life changed. Their faithfulness led to my faithfulness.
Now I am the one who has been sent out into the fields. God has sent me out in the most unusual ways—as a triathlon coach, a health coach, a Bible teacher, and an evangelist. Everywhere I go, I find the harvest is plentiful! The world is desperate for Jesus even when they hide it well with their money, success, and busyness. They need people to live differently, to offer the love and grace of Jesus, and to showcase his glory in this world.
Are you living as a laborer today? Do you recognize the desperation of our world? How might the Lord want to send you today? Please share your thoughts in the comments.
In our six-week small group Bible study on the book of 1 John, you are invited to live and celebrate true life in Christ. Throughout his first letter, John wrestles with the assurance of salvation. How do we know that we are genuine Christians, and how can we recognize authentic faith in others? The Apostle John taught that you can enjoy full assurance through believing in the incarnate Son of God, walking in the light of obedience, and loving God and his children. Embark on this study with us today!
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