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The Call for Training

Today, there is a desperate need for trained Christian laborers. Unfortunately, there are very few who will pay the price to equip themselves properly so they will be effective on the mission field. “Then He said to the disciples, the harvest is truly indeed plentiful, but the laborers are few” (Matthew 9:37, Amplified). The Lord promises a rich harvest; yet, He tells us that the laborers will be few. Oh, that Christians could grasp the heartbeat of this verse. There are multitudes who will respond to the Gospel, but there will always be a shortage of laborers to go to them and share the Good News.

“Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it” (Proverbs 22:6). The Hebrew word for train is chanak, which means “to initiate discipline and choose the narrow way.” Moses chose the narrow way when he suffered he affliction with the people of God, instead of enjoying the pleasures of sin for a season (2). God called him to be trained (Exodus 3). Isaiah received his call for training when he heard the voice of the Trinity saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” Isaiah said, “Here am I; send me” (Isaiah 6:8). He sensed the urgency of his heavenly Father’s mission. May all believers constantly pray to “The Lord of the harvest to force out and thrust laborers into His harvest” (Matthew 9:38, Amplified).

Carl H. Stevens

Carl H. Stevens

(1929-2008) pastored and established thriving churches and Bible colleges in Maine, Massachusetts, and Maryland. He also helped pioneer Christian talk radio through Telephone Time and the Grace Hour and authored nearly 500 books and booklets. See also the Carl H Stevens Memorial Site
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