I’m no farmer.
And some of the parables and metaphors used in the Bible go right over my head.
But one agricultural symbol makes sense to me.
Our church is situated next to a large cornfield.
And when I drive by, it occurs to me just how much work goes into coaxing out real, useful crop from a big open plot of dirt.
Growing things is hard.
(Ask all the plants I have killed).
It takes dedication.
Just showing up.
And like a farmer works hard to cultivate their field, to reap a bountiful harvest…
So are we as workers in God’s kingdom called to our own fields.
These fields are areas in our lives where God has purposefully placed us to work.
Apply our skills.
Gain and use our experience.
And show up to work.
Let’s see what Jesus says:
35 Jesus traveled through all the towns and villages of that area, teaching in the synagogues and announcing the Good News about the Kingdom. And he healed every kind of disease and illness. 36 When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them because they were confused and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. 37 He said to his disciples, “The harvest is great, but the workers are few. 38 So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask him to send more workers into his fields.” – Matthew 9:35 NLT
There are many fields in this world that need workers. Many places where people need to be taught, served, and loved.
What is your field?
It may look completely different from mine.
Your field may be to counsel former prostitutes.
It may be to feed the homeless.
God may be calling you to work in the field of childcare, to love on and teach the babies.
Or maybe your field is with the elderly.
Now that you think about it, could your field be your own home?
Your neighborhood or workplace?
Could your field be overseas?
Or in your very own backyard?
You see, the world is filled with fields of need.
Fields that need workers.
Fields that need you.
I invite you to take a look around and see where God has purposefully, strategically, intentionally, and divinely placed you.
And ask Him,
“Lord, Is this my field? Is this where you want me to work for You?”
And when He answers…
Be willing to work.
And show up the next day to do it all again.
Then await the beautiful harvest.
Have you thought about where God has called you to work? Do you know what your field of service may be? This week, take some time to reflect on where God has placed you and talk to Him about where He wants you to work for Him. Be blessed.