Several times in the last few days I've been confronted with Jesus' words in Matthew 9:37. Jesus said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few." Now I've been very tempted to imagine what I would like this verse to say. But a conversation with a colleague last week brought me back to reality.
He was asking about our approach to ministry at Promise Camp. I said that the most important thing that I do as camp director is recruiting/hiring/training/equipping/shepherding staff. Because I've learned in ministry that no t-shirt, game, meal, campfire, snack, climbing wall, song, Bible study, jet ski, slip n' slide, chant, logo, theme, or gimmick will lead a single child to follow Jesus. The Holy Spirit only uses people do that. So my primary investment had better be in people.
See, Jesus didn't say "the harvest is plentiful but the programs are few." He didn't say "the harvest is plentiful but the ropes courses are few." He didn't say "the harvest is plentiful but the churches are few." He didn't say "the harvest is plentiful but the out of this world games are few." Get the picture? He said the WORKERS are few. That's people.
We Kingdom workers should be putting the majority of our energy into developing other Kingdom workers. Right? So why are we putting so much energy (and money) into "broken cisterns that hold no water..." (See Jeremiah 2:13)?