Zur Ideologie des Todes in der Kinder- und Jugendliteratur.
There is work to be done, which means more laborers, more shepherds, more harvesters, are needed. Jesus is about to send them out into the world, to the lost sheep of Israel, to begin the harvest, because it is plentiful.
We may live in a different time and place, but the harvest is still plentiful, and there is still need for laborers. The question is, how do we fit into this need? How will we respond to this request for prayers to the Lord of the Harvest?
It is good to remember that stewardship is rooted in the mission of God. The question is, what is that mission?
Several thousand people will gather from across the globe, including about a dozen of our own members, for that event. If mission is first, what is this mission? As we seek to answer that question, others emerge, like, how do we go about this mission?
What does it involve? How do we support it? If there is a harvest ready to be reaped, as Jesus suggests, then what resources will be needed?
Our friend Ron Allen offers this answer to that last question: Too often our conversations about mission and ministry start with an ideology of scarcity.
But Jesus offers us a different way of looking at things. He tells the disciples that the harvest is plentiful. There is enough to go around, but laborers are needed to bring in the harvest, so that it can be distributed fairly and justly and graciously. I grew up in small towns and cities that had a strong agricultural feel, but my parents and I were born in the city.
My father was an advertising salesman, not a farmer. You may remember going out into the fields and helping to bring in the harvest. Most of these grapes were turned into raisins.
When the time for the harvest comes, the laborers pick the grapes off the vines and then lay them out on brown paper, so that the drying process can begin.
So, if the harvest is abundant, and the laborers are few, then the grapes will stay on the vines to rot. So, what is the mission of God, and how do we participate in it? This is what stewardship is about. The gifts of God have been freely given, so we give freely in response. Stewardship is not a duty.
Stewardship is the response of the transformed heart to the grace of God. Jesus talks a lot about sharing in the Gospels. He tells parables about the need to share with others, and the dangers of hoarding.
In one parable in the Gospel of Luke, Jesus told a story about the man who built bigger barns to contain his harvest, but then before the night is out, he is dead. Such an act of hoarding is folly Lk Jesus responds to this situation, by asking the disciples to pray that “the Lord of the harvest” would “send out laborers into this harvest.”.
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