“Luke, I am your father”
Reference: He told them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field. (Luke 10:2 NIV)
Explore: I love a good movie quote. In fact, some quotes have made it into our everyday conversations.
If I ever have to encourage my boys to persevere, I’ll quote “just keep swimming, just keep swimming” from ‘Finding Nemo’.
However, there are some movie quotes that have become a part of our common vernacular, but have been remembered incorrectly.
“Play it again, Sam” from Casablanca is the most well known misquote. The line is actually: “Play it, Sam. Play ‘As Time Goes By.'”
But it’s not alone. Another common one is from Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back.
The misquote: “Luke, I am your father”; the actual line: “No, I am your father.”
Some misquotes still hold the same sentiment, but it’s interesting to recognise these household sayings are actually an adaptation from the original.
Application: While there are quite a few misquotes in movies, there are thousands more when it comes to the Bible. People have a great ability to morph the verses into what they want to hear.
While not necessarily misquoted, I think today’s verse is one part of the Bible we often skew. “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few” is quite a well known verse. In fact, as a pastor I know it well.
We often use it to justify the challenges of ministry or to inspire a congregation into action. However, the verse doesn’t end there.
It goes on to say “Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” It doesn’t stop with the whinging but actually gives us the solution.
Often we quote the problem, but Jesus went on to give us a great conclusion. We may have challenges but we can pray to God for help.
Let’s not just stop at the problem, but continue to read the solutions God offers us in the Bible.
Prayer: Lord, thank You for not just mentioning the issues we’re already fully aware of. May we see Your solution in the challenges we now face. Amen.
What challenge are you facing? Ask the Lord of the harvest for help.
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.