Recently I heard a message on a Matthew 9:35-38, a beloved passage of mine. It reads:

“Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, ‘The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.’”

This passage is so rich, I could write pages about it. But what struck me the other night was the specific phrase—“send out”—found in the last verse.

The original Greek word used is “ekballo.” Some definitions are:

  1. To tear out, with the implication of one force overcoming an opposite force
  2. To cast out, with the notion of violence
  3. To lead one forth with a force he cannot resist

It’s the same word used to describe Jesus “casting out” demons.

And the implication is: Unfortunately we often put up a fight when the Lord removes us from our present
to get us where we need to be.

The speaker that night painted the picture of a plant being uprooted. I quickly saw myself: Often clinging to what is known, what is safe, what is familiar. I felt immediately convicted. And I prayed to the Lord to help me loosen my grip on the ground around me.

When the Lord of the harvest calls me to go, may I easily be uprooted.

3 thoughts on “Uprooted

  1. We love that passage here too. Sometimes in our work we think there needs to be ages upon ages of sowing – i.e. slow to the gospel, bridges first, friendship evangelism, etc. (And of course, we are all for contextualization – which, I think, is actually quite different.) But Jesus is saying that there actually is a harvest, right now. People are waiting. All you have to do is go harvest. (The John version makes it very plain too that Jesus is talking into our current day as well.) As we are leading trainings, we are going to start using this passage to emphasize our passion to develop and train harvesters. – B&K


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