Labourers are Few

It is God who sends out workers into the fields of souls ripe to receive Him. Do our eyes perceive these harvest fields in the world? Are we compelled to reach out to them? Are we willing to pray? Are we willing to go?


Matthew 9:35-38; Mark 6:6b; 34; Luke 8:1; 10:2

Bible passage


Christ’s mission

Christ’s compassion

Our commission

God’s injunction




To understand:

  • Who controls the mission field?
  • What are the key resources required

Bible Passage

Matthew 9:35 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. 36 When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. 37 Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. 38 Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.”

Christ’s Mission

Key aspects of His mission included:

  • Teaching – a New dimension to living
  • Preaching – Announcing the good news
  • Healing – Wholistic – Body, mind, and spirit – with focus on the spirit – it is lifelong lifestyle process

Note the sequence of Jesus’ activities also seen in Matt 4:23

Teaching, preaching, healing. Today, this order is reversed

Christ’s Mission- Teaching, Preaching, Healing

Teaching – mental response – closely coupled with preaching. Effective only if accompanied by Holy Spirit conviction

Preaching –  emotional or psycological response. Effective only if accompanied by Holy Spirit conviction

Healing – attracts people for the physical benefit.

Jesus healed to:

  • connect people to the messianic prophecy
  • show us God’s desire for wholistic healing – inside out
  • Demonstrate that soul healing holds far more weight than physical healing

Christ’s compassion

In His compassion, He sees their true condition and true need.

The root word for harassed is flayed – stripping off the skin.

People were exhausted, helpless implying as a corpse – having the root word meaning thrown down, neglected, bullied and oppressed.

The Pharisees’ leadership was ushering in death and not life.

Our commission

In Matthew 9:37,38, we are called to:



  • That God sends
  • Workers


  • Teach
  • Heal (spiritually)
  • Preach

God’s injunction

In Matthew 9:38, we see that it is God who sends out labourers into the mission field. There is one source and one requirement:

  • Source – The Lord
  • Requirement – People (workers)

Today, many are scrambling for positions in Christian organizations – the true workers are chosen and sent by God.


When is mission effective?

In what aspects do we divert from Christ’s model and command for mission

How can we resolve this?

Related Posts

Faith that Heals

Visionary faith from people of various walks of life win healing from Jesus. A leader requests, an unclean woman reaches out to touch him, blind men recognize Jesus as Messiah and the demon possessed man requires help from friends.Matt 9:18-34; Matt 20:29-34;  Mark...

New Patches on Old

Patching up our old life with new behaviors doesn’t really change us. Our life has to be transformed from within for lasting effect and impact. This can only happen by yielding to the work of the Holy Spirit within our lives.Passage:Matt 9:14-17; Mark 2:18-22; Luke...

Jesus Calls Matthew

Jesus’ call to Matthew followed by his instant and swift response gives us much to learn on following Jesus. He was ready to leave everything immediately and follow. He seals his choice with a celebration feast to introduce all his friends to Jesus.Matt 9:9-13 ; Mark...

The Lame Walk

He was determined to get through to Jesus even if it meant breaking a roof. Jesus in return makes healing incidental and assures him forgiveness of sins. Jesus proves He is far more than just a prophet or healer. He is the Messiah.Matt 9:1-8, Mark 2:1-12, Luke...