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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.”
John 20:21 "As the Father has sent me, so I am sending you.”
Jesus had good news to tell to everybody that he came into contact with, he didn't stay home and keep it to himself, he was out there sharing with the crowds. He even taught his message inside the church, after all the good news that he had to share was so different than the message that was being preached in the synagoge that he had to go there too.
There was a lot of concern for the lost sheep, they were everywhere, people that needed the gospel message presented to them. People that know that they can't measure up, people that were tired of legalism, people that needed hope, people that needed purpose. They were everywhere, and they still are, all of those "sheep without a shepherd" are still out there, there is still a lot of work to be done.
There are not very many people doing the work, there are not enough people that are walking the narrow path to heaven and out of those that are following this path there are too many that are not sharing the good news.
We ask you Lord to employ more laborers, may we get serious about the work that you have called us to.
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