A (Complete) Recipe for Meeting the Needs of the World

02 May
Waiting for Jesus

Waiting for Jesus (Photo credit: Brice Foto)

In my last post, I pointed out the need for committed workers (aka, disciples) who would follow Christ and address some of the many needs in the world.  But to be honest, I still see a lot of need.

We need help.  And as a Jesus follower, I’m wondering when Jesus is going to do something about these needs.  It can sure be frustrating, waiting for Jesus!

Or, maybe he already has done something…

The Request

Jesus has compassion on the crowds in Matthew 9, and acknowledges both the great needs of the people and the need for more workers.

“When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them because they were confused and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. He said to his disciples, “The harvest is great, but the workers are few” (Matt 9:36–37 NLT)

And granted, he did the best that one man could do.  He healed hundreds, he fed thousands… and still, the needs kept coming.

So why not pull out a miracle?  Why not make the needs go away with the wave of a hand?

No… instead, Jesus makes an observation… and a prayer request:

“The harvest is great, but the workers are few. So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask him to send more workers into his fields.”” (Matt 9:37–38 NLT)

So, who’s in charge of this harvest, and when will they send more workers?

It can sure be frustrating, waiting for Jesus!

The Recipe

For Jesus’ prayer request in Matthew 9 to come true, we need two main ingredients:

  1. A boss (The “Lord of the Harvest”), and
  2. The boss needs to send more workers

This is the recipe for meeting the needs of the world.

Fast forward 19 chapters in the book of Matthew to Chapter 28: Jesus has been crucified, dead, and buried… and risen!  And here’s what he has to say to his disciples:

“Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth.” (Matt 28:18 NLT)

Sounds like we have ingredient number 1.  We have the Lord of the Harvest!  Now, if only he’d send more workers… (and his very next words are):

Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”” (Matt 28:19–20 NLT)

Sounds like we found our second ingredient: the boss has sent more workers into the fields.

And yet the needs are still so many.  We must be missing something.

 It can sure be frustrating, waiting for Jesus! 

The 3rd Ingredient

We have the Lord of the Harvest… he has sent workers into the fields… so what’s left?

Maybe the missing ingredient is for the workers to actually go and make disciples.

It sure must be frustrating for God… waiting for humans.

What can we do better to make disciples?  What holds you back?  What other ingredients are required to address the needs of the world?


Posted by on May 2, 2013 in Group Discussion


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5 responses to “A (Complete) Recipe for Meeting the Needs of the World

  1. Unshakable Hope

    May 2, 2013 at 12:53 pm

    That’s a great recipe, Bill. We have to get back to the work of making disciples!

    • billhogan77

      May 2, 2013 at 2:03 pm

      … and not in a “half-baked” way either 😉
      Be blessed Bill!

  2. whisperingleavesblog

    May 2, 2013 at 4:01 pm

    Hm. Perhaps disciple making is something that older Christians could be particularly good at, it probably takes a lot of experience and patience to nurture a beginner disciple.

    • billhogan77

      May 2, 2013 at 6:15 pm

      I think there’s something to that, but never underestimate the power of The Holy Spirit working in someone’s life. From what I’ve seen, growth is not the same from person to person.
      I think a great model to follow is to always have someone “more mature” than you in the faith, and someone “less mature” in the faith to keep it all fresh. As one author put it: Every Paul needs a Barnabas (older in the faith) and a Timothy (younger in the faith).
      I pray you’ll find one of each!
      Be blessed… and then be a blessing!

  3. whisperingleavesblog

    May 3, 2013 at 7:07 am

    Thank you, I will bear your reply in mind.m

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