[Jesus] told them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” Luke 10:2
Sometimes we can see God working around us; and sometimes we cannot. We pray that anyone who sees Christ in our lives — that any seeds of faith that are planted — can grow in faith, thanks to the Holy Spirit’s work. Some are called to be pastors or teachers in their professional life; others teach by their actions in day-to-day activities. Praying for others, lending a helping hand, or providing a needed service — all of those things (and more!) are ways that God is working in His kingdom.
Another way that God works among His people is through missionaries, interns and many others who serve the church. One of our LWML RMD mission grants is to support an intern for Rev. Tim Norton, who serves the Navajo Nation in New Mexico. Our prayers and Mighty Mites are bringing workers into this area of the Kingdom of God, serving His people through Rev. Norton and those who answer God’s call of “Whom shall I send?” Please continue to keep this mission in your prayers.
Remember the petition in the Lord’s Prayer — “Thy kingdom come”? Luther’s Small Catechism tells us that this means “the kingdom of God certainly comes by itself without our prayer, but we pray in this petition that it may come to us also.” How does God’s kingdom come? Luther asks. “God’s kingdom comes when our heavenly Father gives us His Holy Spirit, so that by His grace we believe His holy Word and lead godly lives here in time and there in eternity.” So God’s kingdom comes when the Holy Spirit leads us to help others, to share the Gospel, and to pray for those who serve Him in a professional capacity or through our daily lives. May He continue to send workers in the harvest fields — including you and me!