As I've been meditating on this topic for a few weeks, several things have hit me:
1.) My busyness cannot blind me to the "lostness" of those around me. Jesus, the One who had the most demands on His time and attention, was always in tune with those around Him. On one very busy day, He looked around Him and saw thousands of people "harrassed and helpless," being driven along with no one to protect or guide them (see Matt. 9:36). And what was His response? Jesus took pity on them.
2.) My self-centeredness cannot blind me to the fact that the Lord of the harvest has had compassion on the souls of men and is even right now, this very second, at work. God invites and commands me to be a part of this work. I protest and whine, "I can't keep my own life together. I'm barely scraping by and the Lord wants me to do what? Let me get my house in order then I will think about helping others." However, I'm forgetting that God has always faithfully provided for my needs. ("The earth has yielded its increase; God, our God, shall bless us. God shall bless us; let all the ends of the earth fear him!" (Psalm 67:6-7 ESV))
3.) Since the urgency of announcing the kingdom and the hope to be found in Jesus Christ is just as great today as it ever has been, what should I be doing?
a.) I must pray earnestly, seriously and passionately that the Lord of the harvest would send out more laborers. I take this to mean both bringing more into the kingdom to be sent right back out, and turning the world upside down on those who are currently content remaining at home so they too would go into the far corners of the world (or across the street).
b.) I must pray for all those who are already doing the work that the Word of God would speed ahead of them and be honored through changed lives (2 Thess. 3:1).
c.) I'm not an evangelist, but as a church planter I believe I must do the work of an evangelist (2 Tim. 4:5). This is tough stuff. It isn't easy; so I'm praying that the Lord would help me find my voice to accomplish this end.
d.) Having said that, the entire church with all its different giftings and strengths is to synergize in work of the Great Commission. It is the responsibility of everyone not just the evangelists and pastors to preach Christ crucified.
e.) No matter how convincing my apologetics and presentation are the Holy Spirit is still the One who takes the truth and brings new life out of it. I love how Martyn Lloyd-Jones put it: "No man can truly preach the gospel in his own strength and power. He can talk perhaps, and talk eloquently; but talk is not preaching, and it will lead to nothing" (Ephesians - The Unsearchable Riches Of Christ).