The work is great. You see a need and you are compelled to answer the need. You hold in your hand the answer for so many people, but how will you get it into their hands? Who will help you make it a reality? Why should you even bother? The entrepreneur is plagued with these massive questions. The task is great, and the resources to accomplish the task is proportionally greater. A venture capitalist provides the resources to make the concept real.
At the end of Matthew 9, Jesus looks out and sees the multitude. The ocean of faces is full of needs, physical and spiritual. His recently commissioned disciples very well could be planning their escape. The work requires physical resources to minister to so many, but it’s a spiritual work so there is another dimension to the task. The work of God is truly overwhelming. Sometimes the difficulty of the tasks drags you to the bottom of the lake with the stone of discouragement tied to your ankle. Sometimes the resistance pushes against you like swimming against a river’s current. With each stroke, you feel you are slowly drifting downstream. Sometimes, armed with a teacup, the task is the size of an ocean which you must drain.
Anyone who is focused on the work of God has experienced these feelings. How can you do the work?
Notice the Lord’s credentials—He is the Lord of the harvest. He is an expert at harvesting the souls of men for eternity. The Bible is His story of how he wishes to redeem all people from the slavery of sin. No work is too great. The infinitude of God wraps his arms around the immensity of the task. By fixing our eyes on the Lord instead of the labour, we are focusing on the one who is capable of completing the task rather than the complexities of the task.
Notice the Lord’s call—He has labourers. Hidden in the wings of the Lord’s work are labourers. You could not be certain where His labourers would come from, but your step of faith to do God’s work stirred the waters and the faithful took notice. The Lord’s reinforcements come just as the day is dawning after the sleepless night of wondering.
Notice the Lord’s compassion—This is His work. You may have to convince a venture capitalist to sponsor your world-changing widget, but no convincing is needed to earn the Lord’s investment. You have just aligned yourself with God’s mission, and His compassion moves Him to support the initiative.
Hudson Taylor once said, “I used to ask God to help me. Then I asked if I might help him. I ended up asking Him to do His work through me.” You have access to the greatest asset for the greatest activity through the greatest act—”Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest” (Matthew 9:38). “With God nothing shall be impossible” (Luke 1:37). “According to your faith be it unto you” (Matthew 9:29).