John 4: 35 Do you not say, ‘There are still four months and then comes the harvest’? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are already white for harvest!
Jesus went on in this passage to encourage us to pray for workers in the harvest fields because the “harvest is plentiful but the workers are few.” In our culture today it is so easy to get caught up in the unimportant. Whether or not I have the latest and greatest toys in my garage is nothing in comparison to the eternal destinies of my neighbors. I need to pray that I am one of the workers instead of just one of the observers. But what can I do?
Notice it says “workers” not “evangelists” or “pastors”. This simple word includes any person who is willing to put in an effort toward the harvest. Maybe the thought of sharing Jesus with someone makes you shake in your shoes – but do you know someone God is gifted with boldness? Maybe you could help them by hosting a Bible study in your home where they could use their skills with the people you invite. You could invite everyone you know to a free potluck at your house and your friend with the gift of boldness (but not the gift of hospitality) could flourish. Or maybe you could organize making and delivering meals to women in your neighborhood who just had a baby. Could you simply invite people you meet to church on a Sunday morning? Did you know that 88% of new conversions to Christ happen because a new convert was personally invited to church by someone they knew? You don’t have to be a Pastor to be a “worker”– you just have to be willing.