Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few”….because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it…Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord. (Matthew 9:37a, Matthew 7:14, 1 Corinthians 15:58)
There is much work to be done in this world- the work of distributing the Gospel and making disciples. Our Great Commission. The calling to which we were appointed. Yet the workers are few. I normally expect that there should be many people passionate about this calling, but the Bible clearly says: there will be few. (I love God’s patience with me, even when He already says it in black and white…or red in this case ; )
The workers are few because this calling is not an easy one, and our faith is not for the faint of heart – “difficult is the way.” Oswald Chambers says it best: “God’s grace produces men and women with a strong family likeness to Jesus Christ, not pampered, spoiled weaklings. It takes a tremendous amount of discipline to live the worthy and excellent life of a disciple of Jesus in the realities of life.”
But we hope because “our labor is not in vain in the Lord.” When we spread His word, He is faithful to accomplish HIS purposes (Isaiah 55:11) through it, regardless of whether we see the results or not.