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Harvest Men Wanted.

Harvest Men Wanted.

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BY CHARLES H. SPURGEON


" Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous,
but the laborers are few ; pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest,
that he will send faithful laborers into his harvest. And when he
had called unto him his twelve disciples, he gave them power against
unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of sickness
and all manner of disease." — Matthew ix. 37, 38 ; x. 1.
BY CHARLES H. SPURGEON


" Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous,
but the laborers are few ; pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest,
that he will send faithful laborers into his harvest. And when he
had called unto him his twelve disciples, he gave them power against
unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of sickness
and all manner of disease." — Matthew ix. 37, 38 ; x. 1.

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HARVEST ME WATED.BY CHARLES H. SPURGEO" Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous,but the laborers are few ; pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest,that he will send faithful laborers into his harvest. And when hehad called unto him his twelve disciples, he gave them power againstunclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of sicknessand all manner of disease." — Matthew ix. 37, 38 ; x. 1.The circuQistances under which our Lord uttered thesewords are instructive. He saw the people thronging himwhenever he stood up to preach, and he j^erceived that theregular instructors of the people, those who thought thatthey were commissioned to teach the nation, were many of them leading them into error, and the rest were eithershamefully neglecting their duty, or were performing itwithout heart, zeal, or even sincerity. The poor peoplefainted, and were scattered abroad like sheep without ashepherd, harassed by divers fears and cast down by manyanxieties. I do not think that the circumstances underwhich our Lord spake these words have passed away, butrather that we are living under precisely the same condi-tions. I would not willingly be guilty of uncharitableness,and I bless God that there are many left in our laud who art168 HARVEST ME WATED.preacjing the gospel in nil its purity, and with great earnest-ness ; but still it is lamentably true that those who professto be the only authorized teachers are, a very great numberof them^ leading the people into s^^tiritual bondage by reviv-ing the old popish and pagan rites ; and those who do preacha measure of truth, too often do not preach it boldly norsimply as they should, neither is there enougli of life andearnest concern for the souls of men anion sr them. Howmany even of our own churches, where we think the truthis held, have their pulpits so ill-occupied that they mightalmost as well be empty as filled as they are, for there is amanifest want of zeal, love, and spiritual j^ower, while theclear testimony concerning Jesus is sadly lacking. At thistime the people of many towns and villages are shepherdlesssheep, for whose souls no man careth ; tliey are fainting and
 
ready to die, and no man layeth it to heart. If the cii'cum-stances be the same, and he would be a bold man who shoulddare to dispute it, then the text urgently demands our prayer-ful attention.Our Saviour looked upon the people among whom hemoved in a manner worthy of our imitation. He was a manof great feeling, he was " moved with compassion," as theGreek word has it; ^*his bowels yearned," his sympathieswere awakened ; he could not look upon a mass of men withan indiiferent countenance, his inmost soul was stirred ; butat the same time he was no mere enthusiast, he was as calmlyl)nu3tical as if he had been a cool calculator. If he sighed,he did something more than sigh ; he proceeded to aid thosehe pitied. He had practical compassion on the crowd, and,therefore, he turned to his disciples and said, " Pray ye tlicLord of the harvest, that he will send forth laborers into hisharvest." He did not go about among the masses with anu]\discerning admiration of them ; I do not hear him prais-ing them as " the finest peasantry," or ^' the sinew of thenation," as some will do ; but neither do we see in hini anyHAKVEST ME WATED. 169trace of aversion to them, as thougli he felt out of place intheir society. He was often saddened by their follies, andgrieved by their sins, but he never loathed them or spokecontemptuously of them. The common people heard himgladly, because they saw that he had sympathy with them.Thouffh in character o-randlv aristocratic, he was in mannerand life profoundly democratic ; he was a King, and yet*• one chosen out of the people," Avho loved them with allhis heart. It is clear also that he never grew discouraged inlaboring for their good ; you never hear him say that it isuseless to preach to the multitude, that they are too de-graded, too priest-ridden, or too ignorant. o disconrage-ment ever damped his ardor ; he persevered till his work was done. A brave, glorious heart was that of Jesus, alwaysmelted to tenderness, but, at the same time, always practical ;never influenced either by admiration, or aversion, or dis-couragement, so as to cease from practical methods of bet-tering the condition of the people among whom he dwelt.Take note, therefore, that we are about to speak upon apractical matter, and I trust it may become so this morning,that many may be influenced to pray according to the bid-
 
ding of their Lord, and that the sincerity of their prayersmay be proved by their subsequent endeavors to obtain theirpetitions.At the outset, this morning, we shall see how our Lordstates the case, — '^The harvest is plenteous;" secondly,that he indicates the service needed — more ^^ laborers" wererequired to gather in the harvest ; thirdly, that he directs nshow to oljtain the sufply of lal>orers, — by i)rayer ; andfourthly, he answers their prayers in a remarlcahle manner.I. First, our Lord states the case of men of his timeand ours. The people wdio gathered around him he likento harvest fields : wherein lay the similarity ?First, he thought of the great multitudes. The thoughtof multitudes rises naturally from the sight of a harvest field,8170 HARVEST ME WATED.and when tlie crop is plenteous the idea of mnltitude forcesitself upon you at once. You cannot count the ears of corn,neither will you be able to count the sons of men. I supi)oseour Saviour alluded first of all to the crowds around him-self, but his mind being much more capacious than ours, heremembered all the thousands of Israel ; nay, methinks hecould not have restricted his heart to the little country of Israel, he glanced across the seas and beyond the moun-tains to the myriads of mankind swarming upon this globe.Brethren, it crushes one to think of the millions of ou]-species. obody yet has been able to obtain an idea of thevast extent of this one city of London ; you shall traverseit from end to end as long as you will, and you shall studyits statistics, but you have no conception what the popula-tion of London is, and you never will have, — tlie mass is toogreat. But what is London compared with our nation, andwith the millions that speak our mother tongue all overthe world ? Yet even these are but a small portion of tlieinnumerable host. We never shall be able to obtain evena fringe of a conception of China with its teeming millions,or of that other populous nation which owns our sceptre,Ilindostan. Multitudes are in the valley of existence ; as thedrops from the rain cloud and as the leaves upon the foresttrees ; such are the sons of men. You might as well tell the

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