January 10th 2009

Send More Workers

“Jesus traveled through all the towns and villages of that area, teaching in the synagogues and announcing the Good News about the Kingdom. And he healed every kind of disease and illness. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them because they were confused and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. He said to his disciples, “The harvest is great, but the workers are few. So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask him to send more workers into his fields.”

Matthew 9:35-38 NLT)

How much our people need the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

In Romans 10:1 Paul, who submitted himself to be shaped by God’s heart, explains how he feels about his own people, the Jews. He says, “the longing of my heart and my prayer is that the Jewish people may be saved”. His thought is divinely inspired – it reflects the mind of God who “does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent” (2 Peter 3:9).

Each of us has a part in God’s timetable for the salvation of others. A timetable tells us when we catch the next bus or train. Now is the time for us, the day of our participation in salvation yet some of us act as if we are always waiting for the next bus. We don’t get on board, we don’t travel with the Lord. We don’t let ourselves be sent into the world as Jesus was sent by the Father.

Please pray for our own people as Paul did for his. Not that we should neglect praying for other nations – of course we pray for them too. However, does your heart long for the salvation of your own folk? I think of my own people in the UK and Ireland and see how most have abandoned any pretense of Christianity and they are being destroyed for lack of godly knowledge. They are like the sheep without a shepherd, the lost multitudes for whom Jesus wept. Our countries need the gospel – what are we going to do about it?

The bible explains that Jesus is the way and the truth. How can our people “believe in him if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear unless someone tells them? And how will anyone go and tell them without being sent?” (Romans 10:14).

Today you and I are sent by Christ to bring the message of salvation to our people and to all the nations. Together we are more workers being sent into his fields. We all have a part to play, no matter how small it seems. No part is insignificant.

Prayer

Wonderful Father, thank you for the great work of salvation you do through your Son, Jesus Christ. We know how much our families, friends and neighbours need the Gospel, and how much our nation needs to hear the good news of Jesus. I pray that your Spirit would lead the church, other Christians and me into opportunities for the Gospel, that you would use me as one of your workers.

Amen.

Study by James Hendersoon

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