The Amazing Race
“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.” Matthew 9:37-38 (ESV)
There is a fire inside of me that I pray does not get extinguished any time soon. I see the urgency of the message of hope that is found in Christ. I must use the gifts and talents God has given me to reflect glory back to Him. I’ve sat around for too long trying to ensure that everything will be perfect; I wait for the perfect moment, the perfect opportunity, the perfect timing. But through this series, Among Wolves, I’ve learned – as I hope that you have – that there will never be a perfect moment to follow your dreams and pursue your passions.
The other day I asked a friend: “If you aren’t going to do what God tells you to do, what is the point of praying?” As soon as the words left my mouth, the enormity of the statement hit me like a ton of bricks. I am in a habit of praying and asking God to give me eyes to see and ears to hear. However, when God provides an answer, I become fearful and make excuses.
Friends, I don’t want to be that way anymore. I declare that I will not be that way anymore. Pastor Dhati Lewis preached about Matthew 9:37, which says that the harvest is plentiful but the laborers are few. The next verse tells us to pray that the Lord would send out laborers into his harvest. “Send out” in that context is the Greek word ekballo, which means to force out. I am glad God loves me so much that he has ekballo-ed me from my comfort zone and shown me the harvest; I intend to make an impact for His name.
I vow to God that I will run until I finish. I will continue to encourage others while proclaiming the gospel. I will continue to show people who they are in Christ. I will continue to tell my story of redemption without being ashamed. I will continue to live like tomorrow isn’t promised (because it’s not).
I am determined to run my race well. Will you join me on the track? We may have to jog – or even walk at times – but that’s ok. God is with us every step of the journey. Let’s go friends! We don’t have any time to waste!
“Let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:1-2 (ESV)
“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” 2 Timothy 4:7 (ESV)