“And He was saying to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore beseech the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.”Luke 10:2 NASB
A tale of two farmers:
First farmer collects his harvest and stores it in silos. He uses the harvest for his benefit. There is no plan for the future. He does not think about planting more seeds until next year. The next year crops will not come from these seeds.
When the next season comes around the farmer has a hard time. He has to struggle to find seeds to plant. He has to go looking for seeds. He struggles. This slowed the growth of his farm. This could have been resolved if the farmer had used his harvest wisely.
The second farmer was a little more wiser. He set a side some of the harvest for the farm. He then took some of the harvest and prepared it to be used to plant more seeds. This caused the farm to expand more rapidly.
Jesus tells us the harvest is plentiful. Christians are to be out in the world telling people about Christ. This leads to crops being harvested. There are many churches that are doing this really well.
The question is which farm is your church like? Are you keeping the Christians in the church walls to be used for and by the church? Or is your church like the other farm and preparing new seeds for a bigger harvest? Churches are to be discipling new believers and empowering them to go out and make disciples.