After Jesus appointed and commissioned the twelve apostles, he appointed another seventy two disciples. He sent out the disciples in pairs and encouraged them to pray to the Lord of the harvest to send more labourers into his harvest field. This harvest that Jesus was referring to, was not a harvest of crops, but a harvest of souls. He considered the cities and villages that were around him as the harvest fields. Within these places, Jesus knew that people needed to hear the gospel of salvation. This was in order to convert souls to the kingdom of God.
We are still expected to carry out the great commission in these days of harvest. “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” (Matthew 28:19). This includes teaching the world about Jesus Christ and his works. Jesus also promised that we would do even greater works than the ones he did while he was on earth. Jesus was also clear about the signs that would accompany all who believe in him and accept his message. “And these signs will accompany those who believe: in my name they will cast out demons; they will speak in new tongues” (Mark 16:17).
Jesus also promised that we would lay hands on the sick and they would recover, pick up serpents by hands and drink deadly poison and it shall not harm us. We are called to serve God and to call in the harvest of souls. As we work for God, we also pray for God to send labourers to help in the harvest field. We ask God to send destiny helpers to assist us with carrying out our dominion mandate. In addition to lost souls, I also believe that there is a harvest of the seeds that we have sown. God is faithful to his promise that whatever a man sows, that he will reap (Galatians 6:7).
God will not forget our labour of love and the good work that we have done to bless the lives of others. We also call forth the harvest from where we have sown. No one plants a field and leaves it alone during the harvest season. In as much as he is diligent in sowing, he also needs to be diligent in reaping so that the harvest will not rot. We harvest by putting God in remembrance of his promises over our lives. God is waiting for us to approach his throne and bring our case before him. “So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most” (Hebrews 4:16).