Eternal Victory

With summer coming to a close, I think back to my high school days when I mowed lawns with a friend. We would wake up every morning at the crack of dawn and manicure lawns until dark thirty at night. Each day presented us with what seemed to be an endless amount of grass to be mowed.

In Luke’s gospel, Jesus says that “the harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.” Jesus isn’t talking about mowing lawns, though I wish he would have sent a few more laborers to help with my cause! He is speaking of the mission work that awaits us as we live out our faith.

Jesus says that when we enter the mission field, it will be like “lambs in the midst of wolves.” It might be discouraging. There could be danger or discomfort. We will meet resistance along the way. But he also says that all things are made possible with a true laborer’s faith. Our faith is enough to make the mission a success.

Too often we judge our successes based on wins/losses or on revenues/expenses. The harvest is not about that. We do not need to have a perfect record, but instead we need to faithfully accept our calling. When we trust and have faith in Jesus, our eyes are opened to the reality that the true victory lies with Christ in his conquest over death. This is the Good News that we share as we work the mission field. This is the invitation that we extend to others, that they too might find eternal victory with our Lord.