Read: Matthew 9:35-38
In the 18th century, William Carey felt a call to go to India as a missionary to share the gospel. His friends and other pastors ridiculed him and said, “Young man, if God wants to save (anyone) in India, He will do it without your help or mine!” They did not understand the point of partnership. Yet God’s grace was upon Carey and history testifies to the fact of what he was able to do in India.
We are partners in God’s work on earth, and we ought to commit ourselves to whatever that may be required of us. It is our duty to follow in Jesus’ footsteps by doing the work of the kingdom both by our prayers and deeds. When Jesus said that the harvest is plentiful, and the labourers are few (Matt. 9:37), what He meant was that the whole church should realise the need of partnering and jointly fulfilling the Great Commission (seen in Matt. 28:19-20). Paul the apostle says in 1 Cor. 3:9, “we are God’s fellow workers…” We may have different roles to play in God’s vineyard, but it is ultimately God’s work and He is the One who gives the increase to our work. Paul the apostle continues to say, “…neither he who plants is anything, nor he who waters, but God who gives the increase” (1 Cor. 3:7).
We need to remember that we are the body of Christ on this earth. Those we serve, Christ serves. When we extend mercy to the broken and afflicted, we reach out with the hands of Christ Himself. And we need to be on the lookout for opportunities where we can work or partner with others in the Lord’s vineyard. The Lord will help us to gain a plentiful harvest for Him.