Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field. - Matthew 9:38, NIV
In the late 19th century, William Carey felt a call to travel to India as a missionary to share the good news of Jesus. Pastors around him scoffed: "Young man, if God wants to save [anyone] in India, He will do it without your help or mine!" They missed the point of the partnership. God does very little on earth with the likes of us.
As partners in God's work on earth, we insist that God's will be done while at the same time committing ourselves to whatever that may require of us.
Your kingdom come. Your will be done. Jesus taught us to pray. -Matthew 6:10. These words are not calm requests but holy demands. Give us justice! Set the world aright!
When we extend mercy to the broken, we reach out with the hands of Christ Himself.
We have different roles to play, we and God. It is our role to follow in Jesus' steps by doing the work of the kingdom both by our deeds and by our prayers.
We are Christ's body on earth, to borrow Paul's metaphor in Colossians 1:24. Those we serve, Christ serves. When we extend mercy to the broken, we reach out with the hands of Christ Himself.
Prayer for Today
Lord, You have called us Your friends. In some small way, help us to show Your love to this hurting world so they will know You.