Many people attended the Nashville Citywide IMF Martin Luther King, Jr. March and Convocation and left feeling inspired from the closing words of the speaker, Dr. Judy Cummings. She urged us to speak up and speak out. So many of us stand idly by while we watch wrongs or injustices to take place, or we ignore opportunities to improve a situation, or to make something better, or even to take advantage of situations that would improve ourselves. God is calling us to move forward and to do something about ourselves individually and with the community as a whole. Instead of doing something, we do nothing.
Talking about an issue is doing nothing if we do not turn our talk into action. Otherwise, it amounts to complaining that makes the problem even worse.
After calling his disciples, Jesus sent 70 out with these words: “The harvest truly is great, but the laborers are few; therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest,” Luke 10: 1-3. Although Jesus said these words over 2000 years ago, they still hold true today. The harvest is plenty.
The harvest is not wheat or any other type of crop. The harvest is people who are in need of love and God’s saving grace. Jesus is still calling us to labor and work the harvest—otherwise it will go to waste. We need to do something. The harvest includes the people President Barack Obama referred to in his State of the Union address, i.e.: the poor, the working poor, and those without health insurance—not to mention those suffering with mental health issues, and those who cannot access services. We need to do something.
Jesus’ statement to the 70 and to us today reveals that each of us has the power to do something about something for someone. Sometimes, we feel like we need something done for us because we are so powerless to do anything. However, no matter what our situation is, we can do something. We are appointed and called to do something about different things. Some of us are called to harvest the homeless. Other are called to harvest the unemployed. There are those who are called to harvest those who have suffered abuse in all sorts of ways. Then there are those whom God has called to harvest the vulnerable and helpless.
There are lawyers who have been called to harvest those who are in need of quality legal assistance. Instead, they ignore this call and fall into the trap of placing a dollar sign and the desire of promotion above the fight for justice. There are physicians and dentists who are called to harvest and heal the sick. But instead, they only respond when there is proof of insurance. The harvest is plenty, but the laborers are few—but not because they do not exist. It is because they refuse or ignore the call to do something.
We cannot depend on a few like Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. or President Obama or one particularized group to work the harvest. We all need to do something. The only way the workers of the harvest will come forth is through fervent prayers that give them strength and encouragement to do something. When a person does something, they will meet rejection, criticism, and discouragement. Only prayer can meet these spirits and keep on answering the call to do something. We are all in this together, and we all need to take action and do something.