Updated: Aug 22, 2019
Over 20 years ago, I had just came out of a life of sin and had dedicated my whole life to the Lord. In my desperation, gratefulness and enthusiasm, I devoured the entire bible in less than three months. The whole bible was bringing new life to me but this one scripture was the one that would change the course of my life:
Matthew 9:35-38 Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people.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.”
I was completely blown away when I read this. I thought of all the preachers, priests and nuns... I believed it was their responsibility to be the workers for the Lord! I laid my bible down and prayed, “Lord, I had no idea that you have a shortage of workers... You know the sin I've had and you know my shortcomings but if you don't have anyone else, you can use me.” Little did I know this was going to completely change my life and my relationship with the Lord. I had a new sense of purpose!
As days turned into years, I found that the Lord was preparing me for the work He would want me to do. Although I was willing to work for the Lord, most churches are only comprised of a pastor and a small team who will follow his desires. I would do different ministries through the years, some with great fruit and others felt like a lot of work with hardly any results at all. Even that began to change though, as the Lord seemed to be more interested in pulling me away by myself with Him, rather than to use me in any ministry at all.
I soon found out that I wasn't the only one who found themselves alone in the desert for a fairly long period of time. There is an army of believers that have been hidden away and they are anxiously waiting on the Lord to bring them out of the wilderness for such a time as this... to be used in the greatest revival of all time! Will it be the name brand preachers and televangelists who will preach to the masses to bring in this end time harvest before the return of the Lord? No. The people who are going to be used in this last days revival will be the nobodies.
They are going to be the ones who have struggled with alcohol, drugs and pornography who have been brought into the kingdom by the Lord and miraculously set free! They are going to be the friendless, the unpopular and the rejected. The Lord is going to use housewives, fast food workers, small children, soccer moms, construction workers and the elderly... Yes, the Lord is going to take all of the unknown "nobodies" and cause them to be extra-ordinary and supernatural! How do I know this? 1 Corinthians 1:26 says, “For you see your calling, brethren, that not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called.” Let's look at the Word for some proof!
God called a special man to prepare the hearts of people to receive the Messiah. This man, John the Baptist, had been chosen for this task, even before his birth. He lived alone in the wilderness eating locusts and wild honey. The Pharisees, who were supposed to be the spiritual leaders of their day, would never acknowledge that God would choose someone wearing camel hair and eating locusts to prepare the way for their coming Messiah. It would have made much more sense to choose someone with some position or influence that had received their approval! But God chooses the foolish things to confound the wise.
We know that John the Baptist was six months older than Jesus. So where was John the Baptist for the thirty years before he began preaching and baptizing to prepare the way of the Lord? He was hidden away in the desert and was probably wondering... is this all I was made for? The desert can be a dry and lonely place – even for a spiritually chosen man like John the Baptist.
Jesus started His ministry by calling fishermen and tax collectors to be His followers. Why? I am sure there were many respectable people in the synagogues that would have been better reflections and representatives of the Jewish religion. They would have been much more presentable than uneducated fishermen or the despised tax collectors! They didn't hold prestigious positions of wealth or influence, they held no titles and their education and speech was definitely lacking.
When Jesus took them from the fishing boats – He put them straight into ministry! They didn't need to go join the first church of whatever to fulfill religious requirements to validate them – no, the Lord was looking at their hearts and He didn't need all of that. He only needed humble and empty vessels who would be willing to leave their lives behind to walk with Him! Little did they know as they went daily to their jobs and spent time with their families, that one day they would be the torches that would set the world on fire with the gospel of Christ!
Jesus Himself chose to come to the earth as the son of a lowly carpenter man and a humble woman who was probably accused of being a harlot on His account. At the age of 12, Jesus went with His parents to Jerusalem. His parents were traveling back to their home and realized that Jesus wasn't with them and He was still at the temple in Jerusalem. When His parents come back for Him, it says that Jesus obeyed and returned home with them. This is the last we hear about the life of Jesus until He begins His ministry at the age of 30. Where had He been during that time? Hidden away until it would be time for Him to fulfill His life purpose.
The bible tells of many people who felt unqualified to be workers for the kingdom of God. Gideon had to ask for sign after sign that the Lord wanted to use him because he was the least of his tribe and his tribe was the least of all the tribes. Rahab was a harlot who was willing to risk her life to help the Jewish people. David was a lowly shepherd boy without any prestige at all who hid in caves until the Lord was ready to make him king. Moses killed a man and then waited in the desert for many years until the Lord appeared to him in the burning bush. Yes, the Lord loves to take the unlovely, the fallen, the lonely and the unfortunate ones and hide them away until He is ready to pour His glory on them to fulfill His purpose in the earth.
Right now, God has a remnant of ordinary people hidden away until He is ready to use them to bring in His end time harvest. We are going to experience the greatest harvest the world has ever seen! The book of Matthew tells us this Harvest is the end of the age – the last and final harvest of souls! As sin abounds, grace much more abounds. The Lord is ready to show Himself mighty to bring back His prodigals and save the lost. Will you pray with me for the Lord to send workers because He doesn't have enough? (Matthew 9:35).
In the book of Isaiah, Isaiah heard the voice of the Lord saying, Whom shall I send, And who will go for Us?” Then Isaiah said, “Here am I! Send me.”
The harvest is here! It's time for all of us nobodies to step up, whether we are newly saved or if we have been hidden away and prepared for such a time as this! All of those who know their God will do great exploits - and God will get ALL of the glory!!
Teresa Kelton is the editor of Daughters of Zion - Ellis County. If you would like to invite any member of Daughters of Zion to speak or minister at your church or event, click on the invite us tab at the top of the site.
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