Today’s secular society tries to convince us that wealth, fame and power will make us happy. It’s not true! Unsatisfied by money, notoriety, and control, people frequently turn to alcohol, drugs, porn, and other sources of pleasure trying to satisfy their ravenous thirst for happiness. Who will proclaim the truth? Who will speak up about God? Who will share the Gospel of Jesus Christ? The need has never been greater. Are we being called? The laborers are few. Please read more.
Throughout chapter nine in Matthew’s Gospel, Jesus shows and teaches His followers precisely what it means to be one of His disciples. When He encountered the tax collector, He tells him, “Those who are well do not need a physician, but the sick do.” Chapter 9 reveals the accounts of many miracles. Jesus cured the woman suffering hemorrhages for twelve years, He healed the two blind men, He drove the demon out of the mute demoniac, and He “went around to all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom, and curing every disease and illness.” This chapter concludes with verses 37-38 which state, “Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few; so ask the master of the harvest to send out laborers for his harvest.”
Take a minute to reread the entirety of chapter nine. Like any great leader, Jesus demonstrates by example. Many people were wounded and hurting. Jesus’ disciples witness His healing touch. God inspired the Gospel writers to record these events to teach us how to minister to others.
Here we are, over two thousand years later, and we are still surrounded by so many wounded and hurting people. The proponents of secularism spew forth the false doctrine that lasting happiness can be found in the excesses of this world. Right now, the secular society seems to be winning out. Religion is being pushed into the corner and Christians are frequently ridiculed. Change is needed and it is needed now. Who will step into the breach and speak the truth?
Jesus is calling for today’s Christians, like the great saints of the past, to step forward, speak out and risk it all for the sake of His Kingdom. Immediately following His statement about needing workers, Jesus says this in Matthew 10:1, “Then he summoned his twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits to drive them out and to cure every disease and every illness.” Jesus has always empowered His followers to do amazing and miraculous things.
Do you believe that there are followers of Jesus who still have these powers today? Do you believe Jesus has equipped you with all you need to speak out against the heresies and falsehood of our modern era? Do you believe that Jesus can give you words of healing to help the many broken, wounded, isolated, hurting, and unhappy people in our world? I do!
Later in Matthew chapter ten, Jesus instructs His apostles to go out to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. He told them to make this proclamation, “The kingdom of heaven is at hand. Cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers, drive out demons. Without cost you have received; without cost you are to give.”
These crazy times in which we live are littered with shattered lives. The covid-19 pandemic alone has left a mess in its wake. All the wealth, power and pleasures of this world are not the solution for happiness, but Jesus is!
Jesus is still looking for more laborers. Jesus is counting on you and me. Will we sit idly by and watch as religious values erode? Christianity is on the decline. Secularism is on the rise. What will it take to stem this tide? It took tremendous courage to be an early Christian. It cost many their life. It takes courage today too.
In 2 Timothy 4:3-5 we read, “For the time will come when people will not tolerate sound doctrine but, following their own desires and insatiable curiosity, will accumulate teachers and will stop listening to the truth and will be diverted to myths.” My friends, are we living in that time? It goes on to say, “But you, be self-possessed in all circumstances; put up with hardship; perform the work of an evangelist; fulfill your ministry.”
Jesus needs on fire evangelists in His labor force. Revelation 3:16 tells us, “So, because you are lukewarm, neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth.” The time for the work of the kingdom is here and now. We can no longer afford to be lukewarm Christians.
Heavenly Father, the words from 2 Timothy 3:16-17 assure me that I am competently equipped for teaching, for refutation, for correction, and for training in righteousness and for every other good work. Help me never to waiver in my commitment to be a laborer for your Son’s Kingdom. Amen!
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Last week I invited everyone to accept the PEACE TRAIN – HARMONY CHALLENGE. Many of you did so. If we avoid spreading conflict in the world and instead, we spread the Gospel message of peace, together we can change the world. Performing random acts of kindness in the name of Jesus is just one simple way to become a much-needed laborer for His kingdom. Join the challenge today.