We’re in a sustained bull market. The economy is up. In August the Spokesman Review reported that the unemployment rate nationally had dropped to 3.9 percent. That is only 0.2% above the lowest level in the last fifty years. In addition the underemployment rate, workers needing a better wage or more hours, dropped to 7.5%, the lowest in seventeen years. Money Magazine reported as of this summer there are now more job openings in America than there are workers looking for work. This is the first time that has happened in two decades. That’s all good news for our economy. “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few.” Jesus said that, only he wasn’t talking about the economy of this world, he was talking about the economy of salvation.
The economy of salvation is always a bull market. It’s always a good time to “buy in,” although a bull market on salvation is better than any in the stock market because God’s people can “buy in” at no cost, at least not to us. Isaiah wrote, “Come buy...without money and without price” (Isaiah 55:1) The reason we can buy in without money is because Jesus paid the price for us. He bought us all shares in eternity. The price was high when he did; we drove it up with the “wages of sin” (Romans 6:23). Yet he paid it, “not with perishable things such as gold or silver but with the precious blood of Christ” (1 Peter 1:18-19). So it’s as we said, it’s always a bull market for salvation. Yet sustained Bull Markets tend to have this effect, “the harvest is plentiful but the workers are few.” Jesus told us to “Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore to send out workers into his harvest field” (Luke 10:2).
So God has some position openings, that he’s looking to fill. He needs “priests.” Here’s the job description: 1. offer yourself as a “living sacrifice to God” (Romans 12:1); 2. Pray and praise, to God and for others (1 Thessalonians 4:16-18); 3. Preach/Proclaim the marvelous works of Jesus in your life to anyone who will listen (1 Peter 2:9).
There are always more openings for this position “Priest of God” than there are people willing to fill it. Are you interested?
Commenting on that last Bible Passage Martin Luther said, “But we are all priests before God, if we are true Christians...It would please me very much if this word “priest” were used as commonly as the word “Christian.” For priests, the baptized, and Christians are all one and the same.”
So on second thought, it seems you and I are already gainfully employed in the harvest fields of salvation. It’s simply time to get to it. See again the job description above. Of course there’s a perennial need to recruit more. You don’t have to be worried about being out of a job, Jesus said this bull market will continue until the end of the age (Matthew 28:19-20).
And if you know any “Priests” who might make good Pastors, the Lord’s Harvest always needs those too! Invite them to pray about it.