Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” —Matthew 9:35-38 (NIV)
Happy Mother’s Day! For some of you, today and Resurrection Sunday are the only times you go to church, and that’s not always your fault. The church has a habit of turning people away, making them feel unwelcome, sticking so strictly to religion that saving lost souls is no longer important, or trying too hard to attract people from the world that it becomes the world and loses sight of its mission. I believe this is what this poem is about. Yes, it’s another P4CM poem, and it addresses how the church has fallen and forgotten its mission. Its mission is about spreading the gospel truth about Jesus Christ, that he died for our sins and on the third day, rose from the grave so that we could be saved, that He is “the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through [Him]” (John 14:6), not the United Methodist Church, not the street corner preacher who proclaims that all who don’t stop to listen to him are going to Hell. Jesus is THE way.
The church has to get back into the spirit of evangelism. It’s not like people aren’t willing to hear. Jesus said that the fields are already ripe for harvest (John 4:35), the problem is that there are no workers willing to reap it. We can’t expect people to come to our doors, especially in today’s society, when it seems like Christians are the enemy—hey, if the world hates us, that means we’re doing something right! We shouldn’t be so satisfied with going to heaven that we condemn others. Minister to your friends and family, your co-workers, random people you encounter throughout the day whom the Holy Spirit draws you to speak to. No one said it would be easy, because let’s face it, some people are just plain rude and unapproachable, but it’ll be worth it when we ALL get to Heaven.
♫ When we all get to heaven, what a day of rejoicing that will be! When we all see Jesus, we’ll sing and shout the victory! ♫