To The Laborers In The Fields
“But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd. Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.” – Matthew 9:36-38.
“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!” – John 4:35.
“Those who sow in tears Shall reap in joy. He who continually goes forth weeping, Bearing seed for sowing, Shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, Bringing his sheaves with him.” – Psalm 126:5-6.
Most nights I am tired and ready for bed and yet for some reason over the last couple of years, I go to bed, tired, and just lay there. A couple of years ago, I took it as a hint from the Lord and started using that time to pray. Some nights it is a short time, 30 minutes or so, most nights it is longer than that. Last night it was more than two hours and the Lord revealed to me what I hesitate to call a vision, yet it unfolded like one. In my spirit He told me to tell my fellow workers to NOT be discouraged in their weariness, the reaping is almost at hand.
What I saw as I prayed, was field upon field upon field of cultivated land. I couldn’t see it all at once for it stretched out beyond my sight. But what I did see was different patches of cultivated land in different stages of harvest growth.
The Lord led me to the first patches of overturned and plowed ground. The ground was already prepared for seeding. Rows and rows of furrowed land stretched before me and in the distance I saw workers with open bags at their sides strapped to their shoulders. The workers were reaching into the bags and pulling out handfuls of seeds and scattering them upon the furrowed and plowed ground as they moved forward. Hand after handfuls, they spread the seed so that no area of ground didn’t have seed.
The Lord told me, this seed is the Gospel, the Good News of God’s Salvation and Redemption for all who will allow it to grow and take root in their hearts. Their hearts have already been prepared to receive the seed. The workers are my messengers, the Evangelists whose calling and desire is spread the Good News of Salvation to all who would listen and hear. Day in and day out, they take from the bag the seed of the Word and spread it before them, not always knowing if it will take root or not. Many become weary, tired and sometimes discouraged at the sameness of the work, but I want them to know their rewards are at hand and the reaping can soon begin.
Then the Lord took me to another area with patches of land where the ground was already showing signs of growth at different stages. Some patches just shown forth sprouts that were barely pushing through the surface, other patches shown forth plants becoming more and more mature and then there were patches that shown forth mature plants already ripe for the reaping.
The Lord pointed out the workers in the distance and these workers didn’t carry open bags of seeds, but rather containers with spouts and out of these containers water was flowing and it was directed towards the plants in their various stages. The workers made sure that the water covered all the ground where plants were beginning to grow and also over those that were much more mature in growth.
The Lord told me this water was the Living Water that was meant to feed and give life to all the plants that had sprouted taken root and were in the various stages of growth. These workers are other messengers who work for the Lord, some are Exhorters of the Word, some are Teachers of varying stages in their teaching, and some are Preachers, Pastors whose duty is to nurture and keep the more mature plants watered and prepared for soon harvesting. Like the messengers carrying the seeds, many of these also have become tired, weary and discouraged because of the world around them and trying to maintain spreading the Living Water on to all the plants and the ground around no matter the level of growth. The Lord told me that He wants them to know also that the harvest is soon and the reaping is not far off, even for those plants that right now are just sprouts.
Then the Lord took me back to my original spot where I could see all the workers, those spreading seeds and those spreading the Living Water and He told me to observe that the seeds did not end, the supply was unlimited. The vessels holding the Living Water were never empty but available at all times with an unlimited supply of Living Water. Then the Lord pointed just behind the workers and told me to watch.
What I saw was in the form of a dove, a bird, much like the Bible described the Holy Spirit when it descended upon Jesus before His baptism by John the Baptist. This dove was carrying a vessel and He descended upon each worker individually and I could see Him pour something upon the heads of each and ever worker. I asked the Lord what the Holy Spirit was doing and what was He pouring and the Lord told me this was the anointing oil that He was pour out upon each and every worker and that as long as they needed it would always be available to them.
The Lord then told me to relay to the workers what the Apostle Paul wrote to the Galatians, “And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.” – Galatians 6:9.
The Lord said, “I have given them the desire to do my work. I have laid out the steps before them to follow and I am pleased and delighted in each and everyone that is doing what I have asked of them. They are not be weary or discouraged at the task I have given to each them for I will fill them with Joy and Peace as they continue to perform their tasks. The time is soon at hand when workers will no longer be needed and they will be able to rest from their labors. For now, the harvest is maturing faster and faster and I need each to fulfill the tasks I have equipped them to do. If they continue to use My yoke and surrender to my direction, they will have peace in their souls and their hearts can be at peace.”
To my fellow workers in Christ Jesus, I pray often for you individually and for your ministries as for many it is easy for me to see what ministries you possess even though some of you do not consider yourself to have ministries. We ALL have gifts and tasks given to us once we have accepted the Gift that Christ Jesus has offered. The Bride of Christ, the Church, is NOT a lazy one, but rather involved always in preparation for the soon coming of the Bridegroom Jesus Christ!
I feel in my heart strongly that this was meant as a word of encouragement to each of you from the Lord. All I can suggest you do, is pray, talk to the Lord yourself and let Him reply to each of your hearts. If the Lord can speak to me, to my spirit and heart, then He most certainly can speak to each of you. I don’t know if any of you are discouraged, I do know from personal experience, weariness is real from time to time and it’s usually caused by trying to do the tasks the Lord has given us within our own strengths. We NEED HIS yoke, for as He said in His word, it is light and the burden is easy. When we surrender and don’t fight His direction, there IS rest for our souls. (Matthew 11:29).
I do know beyond any doubt that our Lord does NOT want us discouraged, but rather keeping our eyes focused on the Heavens for His soon and glorious return. Let us NOT forget to hold one another up in prayer. It is the most effective way to share our love for one another and there truly is power in prayers prayed according to the Lord’s will. God Bless you all richly AND so very abundantly.