Matthew 9:36-38 NKJV
But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd. Then He said to His disciples, "The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest."
What's God's harvest? What's any harvest? A harvest is the stuff gathered up at the end of a season, like crops. It's the good part that gives us food. God's harvest is people (obviously we're off the subject of food here). Jesus is saying that there's a lot of work to be done, but not a lot of people to do it. So, ask God to send people to 'harvest' the 'crop'.
Jesus is using a metaphor, here. He's talking about how we need to show others God's love, because they need it.
It's a cycle of love, really. When we 'harvest' (bring) someone into God's kingdom, they might bring a few more after them, and so on. There's a movie about that (Pay it Forward). One good deed leads to another, and another.
Another Touched By An Angel reference: Monica is a new 'case-worker' angel, who was just kicked out of the choir. One of her biggest mistakes in the episode last night was that she would go ahead and do things that were good and could be for God's glory, but they didn't work out, and they actually made it worse. Why? Because she forgot to make sure it was God's Will. So before you start harvesting, make sure God's with your actions and deeds.
In His Service,
Response Question: How does God use us as 'laborers in His harvest'?