“After these things the Lord appointed seventy others also, and sent them two by two before His face into every city and place where He Himself was about to go. Then He said to them, “The harvest truly is great, but the laborers are few; therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest. Go your way; behold, I send you out as lambs among wolves.” Luke 10:1–3
Ekbállō! This is the Greek word found at the crux of this command given by Jesus. It means to thrust out with great impulse or even violence. It is a strong word for a forceful, dynamic action. And this is precisely what Jesus charges us to ask Him to do. We are to pray that He would ekbállō laborers into the plentiful harvest. In its immediate context Jesus was speaking to His disciples of the people of Israel, but now God commands all men everywhere to repent (Acts 17:30). There is a great harvest coming to all the nations of the earth - either for salvation or judgment - and the need for laborers is dire (Joel 3:12-14, Revelation 14:14-20).
We esteem Jesus as the Sovereign Sender and yet also recognize that He has asked His people to partner with Him in this holy labor of the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20). The call must be proclaimed, the workers trained, prayers offered, funds pledged, and plane tickets purchased. The ultimacy of Jesus in the final 'going' of the missionary does not abdicate our responsibility but actually provides the confidence to faithfully engage in the process that gets them there. The goal of the posts in this section is to herald the vision of the glory of Jesus among unreached people groups in a way that will be used by Jesus to begin that process for many and encourage the hearts of those for whom it has already commenced. May the weak words found here be as tinder which the Holy Spirit will set ablaze in the souls His people. O Lord of the Harvest, we ask you to thrust forth laborers for the sake of Your Name!