Staffing Issues


“The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few, pray therefore the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.” Luke 10:2

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Jesus sent out seventy-two disciples to the towns “where he himself was about to come.”

Jesus sends these men out; knowing they are not enough for the job at hand. As these thirty-six pairs depart, he asks them to pray for more workers. The need for message bearers is critical.

I can’t imagine what these men must have felt, stepping out on a mission, knowing they were understaffed. If their numbers were so inadequate, why bother going in the first place?

But they were convinced because it was Jesus who sent them. And the Lord is telling them that they will be successful. There are so many people ready to hear about the coming of Jesus, they won’t be able to meet them all. This is what the business world calls a “Happy Problem.”

Just as in ancient times, the world continues to be hungry for the Good News. Two thousand years ago, Jesus depended on his disciples to get that word out. God is now asking you and me to announce the life of Christ to one another.

But there’s a hitch. Too many would-be disciples are looking around and deciding that God has called enough people to do his work. Seeing all the encouragers, writers, and volunteers, they decide that there isn’t a place for them. Why start doing what God has called them to do, if the world is full of these kinds of servants already?

And it doesn’t just apply to work in the church, or faith-based ministry. How many decide against studying to be teachers, nurses or business leaders because the news programs say there are too many? “Find something else,” they report. “You’ll never find work with that degree.”

It’s a good thing that Jesus’ disciples didn’t think that way. Whether it looked like there were too many to serve, or too many serving, circumstances did not sway his followers. They were called, and they went out in answer to that call.

We are those disciples now. Whatever you have been called to do, don’t be overwhelmed by the size of the task or how many workers are there already.

As Jesus says, the harvest is plentiful. There will always be someone who needs your hands; or to hear your voice, see your faith, and experience your wisdom.

At the end of the disciples mission, Luke’s Gospel says that they all “came back rejoicing.” The mission was a huge success. I don’t want to be left out of that party, do you?

So let’s agree to strap on our work boots and get out there in the fields of grain. There’s a harvest to bring in. So bring on those gifts that differ. It looks like a huge crop!

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56 thoughts on “Staffing Issues

  1. This is awesome Ceil! Every believer has at least one gift, and should use that gift to serve others. God’s grace is put forth in various ways, as people use their gifts to serve one another. Whatever gift we have is exactly the gift God wants us to have. Our job is to use it! 🙂 🙂

    Have moved again…this time (hopefully!!) for good! 🙂
    http://refinemelord.com/

    Blessings and joy as we enter the weekend! Yea!
    Denise

    • Hi Denise! Oh boy, I hope this is your last move. Just jumping over here from Blogger was a huge headache. I can’t imagine doing it more than once. Yuk. I will follow you anywhere!

      I am glad that you are using your gifts in writing. I always love to visit you, and the artwork and images you put up are so inspiring. I enjoy the evidence of God’s grace in you.
      Have a good weekend my friend!
      Ceil

    • Hi Kathleen! Thank you for your kind comments my friend. I am so glad it hit home with you. You have so many gifts, and I’m glad you are using them for blogging too. I am so glad that we are connected 🙂

      Happy weekend to you!
      Ceil

    • Hi Linda! What a lovely coincidence! I think we should all be using whatever talents we have been given to help ourselves and our world. I know you are doing just that.

      I read your post today, and I’m praying for you. Life gets so overwhelming sometimes. But stopping to connect in prayer and getting that grace to help always makes me stronger. I hope you’ll feel that peace today.

      Hugs.
      Ceil

  2. A thoughtful offering today, Ceil. We’ve complicated The Call with myriads of committees, boards, red-tape, political wrangling, power plays, and hoops to jump through.

    God, have mercy. Break through. Please.

    • Hi Linda! Thank you for your encouraging comment, I really appreciate it. I am sure in your job, you meet with all the list of blocks that you mentioned. You feel called to use your gifts, and sometimes people and life situations make it very hard to follow through.

      But God is going to break through. I join you in your prayer today. I know so many people who are struggling, and I know God will come. I just need the grace to wait. Not my strong suit.

      Have a wonderful weekend my good friend,
      Ceil

  3. Hi Ceil,
    my friend and myself love going out to evangelize, and He confirms to us when we are to go through scripture. This time He gave us both the same scripture about feeding the five thousand. We meet some lovely people and have a nice time looking around the shops in the town we go to also.

    • Hi Brenda! What a bold thing for you and your friend to do. God has certainly blessed you with a joy to do that work. And you answered his call. You are truly using your God-given gift for evangelizing.

      Thank you for sharing your calling!
      Have a good weekend Brenda 🙂
      Ceil

  4. OH! This is so true. My husband and I along with another great couple started a church. After 6 years of hard work, no workers (people just “couldn’t” help even if they were asked), few tithers we closed the doors. We feel some times that we shouldn’t have but with no one to help we just couldn’t keep up the labor. Today we have plugged into a church that needs workers and we are working hard in this body! If you ever see there is something to be done, don’t hesitate. Your labor is being requested by the Lord Himself. The fields are white unto harvest! Great message today Ceil!

    • Hi Monica! Wow, how brave you and your husband were to step out in faith. Nothing is ever wasted when working for God, I really believe that. I am sure you touched hearts that just didn’t express that. So sad.

      I am so glad that you’re in a church now that values people’s gifts. You could have gotten discouraged and just given up, but I’m so glad you didn’t. With all your experience, you are pure gold.

      Let’s all get out there and use those gifts that differ!
      Have a great weekend!
      Ceil

  5. Ceil, very insightful thoughts you have shared. I must admit I’m guilty of times of shrinking back because I think some areas look crowded. Your post has enlighten and convicted me my friend.

    • Hi Wanda! Oh, I do it too. That’s why I know it’s so important to just pull on those boots and wade in. It’s hard sometimes because I think there isn’t a place for me, but God gifts us so we will use what we have.

      Always great to link up with you! Thank you for your blog hop!
      Ceil

  6. Thank you for your comment on Just Breathe. Yes our Skye brings us so much joy.
    You are a no-reply so I couldn’t comment back to you. Your blog is lovely and so informative. I love your last paragraph “So strap on your work boots…….” I love my relationship with God. Hope your have a wonderful weekend and very nice to meet you too.
    Debby

    • Hi Debby! I have no idea what that ‘no-reply’ is. This is a new blog home for me, so I am learning about it all the time. I hope you can comment back in the future.

      Thank you for your kind words about the blogpost. I love my relationship with God too! And I want to keep working on it too.

      I joined you on your blog, so I look forward to getting to know you better!
      Happy Weekend!
      Ceil

    • Good Afternoon! Thank you for your kind comment SS. I think we all can use a word to get us out there and using our gifts. Including me!

      Have a good weekend, and I look forward to getting to know you better 🙂
      Ceil

  7. Good word. We’re often like the delivery person that wants to pick and choose which ones we want… Reminds me of my selfish and spoiled nature. Worth repeating, Ceil. Good word, sister.

    • Hi Floyd! Thank you for visiting me here in my new blog home!
      I guess I never thought about it as a thought that what we have is not worth anything. Good perspective there. Hmmm…future blogpost?

      If God has given it, it has a place. We should just get out and find it!
      Have a good weekend! Good to reconnect 🙂
      Ceil

  8. As a pastor’s wife, I totally understand the need for workers (and prayer warriors). We are very blessed with a lot of workers for such a small church. My dh works a full time job in addition to pastoring so we have to have the help. He has done this for 16 years and God is and has been so faithful! But there is always room for more workers, the fields are white and ready for harvest! Interestingly he preached on this very thing last weekend! God bless!

    • Hi Natalie! You probably said that you were a Pastor’s wife, and I just forgot. You of all people would know how important it is to have souls ready to help.

      You are the second person to quote “the fields are white and read for harvest.” This must mean I had better pay attention myself! But that’s how I can write about it. I know the feeling very well.

      Blessings to you on this cold day 🙂
      Ceil

  9. Thoughtful, inspiring, encouraging. I love this, Ceil. I am a prayer warrior and I feel it a privilege to serve my Lord in that way. You have created yet another lovely place here on the web. Our blogs are kind of like our little second homes, aren’t they? Love visiting yours. 🙂

    • Hi Sandy! I do think our blogs are second homes, that’s a good way to put it. I often talk about my ‘blog-home’ and so I really relate to that.

      What a wonderful way to describe yourself…a prayer warrior. To me, that means you pray even when you are being attacked. By busyness, moods etc. I want to be more like you.
      Let’s stay connected, and you we can inspire each other, ok?
      Blessings,
      Ceil

    • Hi Ellen! I was lovely visiting you today, thanks for the visit back! I hope you will return, and we can get to know each other better.

      Have a wonderful weekend. It’s going to be crazy cold here.
      Ceil

  10. What a wonderful encouraging post full of hope.

    Of course, we’ve all been called by Our Lord to go out and spread His Good News. And there are so many ways to do so.

    By writing a Christian Blog regularly we could be doing just that. We never know who might be visiting our Blogs and not leaving a message. And for many, these days, what they read in our Blogs could well be the first time they ever get to hear about Christ. Yes, there are many people these days who do not have the vaguest idea of who He is.

    What a priviledge if what we write turns just one person to find God in his heart.

    God bless.

    • Hi Victor! I love that idea that we might be used for conversion. And the way you said it here about brought tears to my eyes.

      It really is a gift that we could be that person, and have God work through us to reach readers. There are many ways to spread his love, and we can all find out place. If we were called to it, there is a place for us.

      Thank you for your thoughtful comment my friend.
      Have a good weekend 🙂
      Ceil

  11. Hi Ceil! Good words today. I like your perspective on moving ahead if you hear God’s call to do something, even though it might there are enough doing that already. Each of us is unique and we all bring different gifts to our calling.
    Thanks for your comment on my blog. I am not sure if my reply to you (the other day) actually reached you, now that you are on wordpress. Do you have an email available on this blog? Have a great weekend!

    • Hi Aneta! Thank you for your kind comment. Yes! If you have the gift and call, there is a place for you, whether you can see it or not.

      I do have an email attached to this blog. It’s ceil@ceilryan.com
      I’ll go over and see what your response was today, thanks for letting me know!

      It’s so good to be reconnected!
      Have a good weekend 🙂
      Ceil

    • Hi Linda! I struggle too, believe me. It’s so much a part of our lives, but that’s not a universal thing. I hope my actions will speak louder than any of my words in my life…but I have a far way to go.

      It is so wonderful to connect with someone over faith though, isn’t it? That’s what’s so wonderful about Christian blogging. You get uplifted all the time. What a blessing!

      Thank you for your visit today my friend,
      Ceil

  12. There is such a harvest to be had, that’s for sure. I needed this reminder, thank you! I’ve always felt we are all supposed to make a difference wherever we are, whether on the mission field abroad or here at home at work or in our neighborhoods. There’s a role for everyone in the kingdom.

    Happy weekend! 🙂

    • Hi Karen! I absolutely agree. There is no end to God’s work. I can be cleaning the house and that can be a service if I intend it. Or opening a door for someone. God makes us all his hands and feet!

      Blessings to you,
      Ceil

  13. Hi Ceil, Oh how true this is! The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few……
    What a time to be serving the Lord! Not just sitting on a pew being taught and preached to………we all have a place, a gift, that God wants us to use for his kingdom!! We are truly in the last days and I want to do more for the Lord than ever! I have a saying down at the bottom of my blog that Erma Bombeck said………Read it Ceil if you get the chance….it goes along with this word you gave. Blessings~~~Roxie

    • Hi Roxie! I will be right over when I finish responding to you. (I think it might be about having nothing left when meeting the Lord. I love that!!)

      I am sure that your desire to do more for the Lord will be greeted with much joy in heaven. What more does God want but for us to be his hands and feet? And you have been such a witness of his love and companionship in our connection through the blogs. Thank you 🙂

      Have a wonderful weekend my friend,
      Ceil

    • Hi Patty! Yes, I am back. It was a great time off, but I’m ready to get back to the blogging world.

      I hope you saw the post that had the photo’s of my grandchildren in it? It was fun to spend time with them.

      Happy painting my friend!
      Ceil

    • Hi Linda! Thank you for your kind comment about the post. I’m so glad you could relate to it.

      It’s so nice to be back blogging again. Thank you for coming over to my new home to visit and make a comment too. I really appreciate the support.

      Have a great weekend!
      Ceil

  14. Amen. This is an encouragement, Ceil. Glad you stopped by Being Woven for you brought me your way this morning. As I was pondering your words, I thought that all it takes is one staff member. God gives the gifts. When obedience follows, God brings the grain to harvest. And that one staff member can rejoice. A new follower is empowered. God can do all things through us when we obey and use the beautiful gifts He has blessed us with. God is so wonderful and I am so grateful that I am a follower of His. I do not always use the gifts; in fact they sometimes lie dormant for far too long, but I know what I am to be doing. Thanks again for the encouragement.
    Caring through Christ, ~ linda

    • Hi Linda! I love stopping by to see you Linda. You always have a peaceful message.

      What a beautiful response to the post too. I know that Scripture says that the Lord loves obedience, so it really makes sense that when we are obedient, God will harvest. I’m going to remember that.

      It’s a gift to know what to do with your life, a real grace. Even if I stumble on the way, at least I’m on the way.

      Have a wonderful weekend!
      Ceil

  15. I remember being at a mission conference at a huge college years ago. We set out table up with artifacts, brochures and stood on both sides so we could talk to people as they came by. As I stood there I looked each way and the countless rows of other mission board tables doing exactly as we did. All of us wanting to challenge some young college student to take up their cross and serve with New Tribes Mission after grad. As I looked, the Lord said to my heart, Betty, there are plenty of lost soul out in the world to go around. Just relax and let me work, I know what field each one of them need to go to. Relax I did and had a wonderful time with students, other missionaries who came for the same reason. Left knowing we did our part by exposing them to what New Tribes does in relationship to the lost all over the world. It was a wonderful lesson that has stayed with me all this time. After serving in two countries of the last 25 years we now serve in the state as member care representative our mission. The fields are white unto harvest here in California…there is enough lost to go around for all the churches out here and some left for me to talk to. Great post, encouraging.

    • Hi Betty! What a beautiful story, and how wonderful that not only God spoke to your heart, you listened! And were comforted.

      It’s so inspiring to hear how you served in two countries. Bless you! And you are still involved. God certainly knew what he was doing when he called you. I pray that we all will join him in prayer with open ears and and a willing spirit.

      Thank you for your visit! I’m your newest follower,
      Ceil

  16. Good thoughts Ceil – there is a shortage of workers but thankfully all Jesus requires is our willing hearts and the job is ours. We can read the manual (Bible) all we want but until we put it into practice we are not really laborers are we? Have a great weekend friend : )

    • Hi Mindy! I really like the way you phrased “all Jesus requires is our willing hearts and the job is ours.” It’s only a hard job to get if we don’t want it.

      Reading is good, but it’s only the start. Like you said, I’ve got to get out there and put to practice what God has given me. Then I am following Christ.

      Great comment, thank you my friend! I hope it’s not too cold where you are? Stay warm!
      Peace,
      Ceil

  17. Amen, Ceil! Too often we think we’re not important enough, gifted enough…whatever enough. I’m creating a new curriculum for a publishing company. I just wrote a lesson for 6-8 yr. olds on finding their spiritual gifts. I believe in recognizing them early and creating space for them to work in God’s family.

    • Hi Pam! How exciting is that? I am so happy for you!

      I think it’s wonderful to expose young ones to the journey of finding their gifts. Not only that, but even just knowing what one is! You will be helping the Lord guide children to thinking of themselves as instruments of God. That is so beautiful.

      You have been greatly gifted, and you are using that gift. That is a wonderful model for me. Thank you! And may he bless your work abundantly.

      Blessings,
      Ceil

  18. Oh wow Ceil… I’ve been praying, asking God what He wants me to do. I very recently realized that I haven’t been entirely open to letting Him guide ALL areas of my life (in fact I just shared that revelation today on my blog). However, once I asked Him to forgive me for my selfishness, I have been yearning for Him to tell me… to direct my paths so that I can do His work (whatever that may be).

    Thank you for this encouraging and inspiring message.
    xoxo

    • Hi Stephanie! What a beautiful prayer my friend. And I know that God honors that, and he will show you. (I would have to say that having 500 followers must tell you something though!)

      Wanting to give back to the Lord what talents we have been given, and to serve him is God’s greatest wish. Can’t wait to hear what he has in store for you.

      Blessings my friend,
      Ceil

  19. Ah yes, it’s such a journey learning to tune out all those “other” messages from society or wherever and just follow *God’s* call on our lives. God’s call is often big, a little scary and sometimes that mountain just looks way too tall to climb. Yet, if we trust in Him, we’re given everything we need to scale it. I go through this from time to time. I know what God has called me to do with raising and educating my children, with my blog work, ministry work and more…and then I look at the number of hours in a day and it doesn’t add up. Yet, somehow with God in the driver’s seat, He make sure that the important things are possible and things come together.

    • Hi Anne! You really do wear a lot of hats, and like you said, you are able to wear them all well!

      I really relate to your point. When I had to jump from my Evangelize blog, I went reluctantly. I liked Blogger, it just didn’t like me! I had to put it all in the Lord’s hands. I’m still learning the ropes around here, but it’s been good. He does truly make all things possible.

      Like being connected to you! What a grace it has been for me. And I hope it will be for a long, long time.
      Thank you for your blog-friendship,
      Ceil

  20. Such a good and thought provoking post, Ceil. There is always a need for people to share the Gospel in love…to fill the jobs that need done with a willing heart. Thank you for sharing today, Ceil.

    • Hi Diana! Thank you for reading two posts today, and commenting on both of them. You are so generous!
      Yes, that willing heart. I have been thinking about that concept today. How much God loves a cheerful giver. Great food for thought.

      We have been given such wonderful gifts. It’s only right to share them for the good of his kingdom. I pray I’ll always be faithful to that.
      Blessings my friend,
      Ceil

  21. Ceil, thanks for writing this post. Lately, I’ve thought about giving up on blogging. I know that I have a heart for Single’s ministry and blogging is one avenue to serve Singles. I do enjoy blogging but a certain trial had overwhelmed my time. I’m still in this trial, but the Lord revealed some things to me that has strengthened and encouraged me during this season. Therefore, I will continue to disciple others through blogging.
    Many blessings to you!

    • Hi Marilyn! Thank you for reading two posts and commenting on both of them! I know you are a busy person…it means a lot.

      I am so sorry that you are in a trial now. That stinks. It sounds like the Lord is speaking to you through it, and that is a huge blessing. I think many of us get the idea of quitting from time to time. Blogging is not easy work. You make your posts flow so well, and we have no idea how much time you spent on each one. I get it.

      But if you are called, it’s hard to lay down that call. Who knows what will happen in the future, but if you are listening, he will show you the way. Don’t worry about what other people are doing, just consider where you are called. That’s what I think!
      I hope you have a peaceful day. I will be praying for you my friend.
      Ceil

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