THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN IS NEAR
Matthew 10:5-7 “Do not go among the Gentiles or enter any town of the Samaritans. Go rather to the lost sheep of Israel. As you go, preach this message. The Kingdom of Heaven is near.”
The message is clear. “The Kingdom of Heaven is near.”
No one knows the moment of his death. No one knows if a sickness might suddenly take him or if he might get killed in an accident.
No one knows when Christ will return and usher in His eternal Kingdom. No one knows the future
So Jesus tells us to preach the message that the Kingdom of Heaven is near. It is nearer today than it was yesterday.
I used to think life in Africa was far more uncertain than life in the States. Without adequate medical facilities, both children and adults seemed to die more frequently. Tropical diseases. Deadly snakes. So much over there could take a life.
I now think life everywhere is uncertain. An unexpected diagnosis of malignant cancer. A hurricane or earthquake. Shooting.
So many different things could take one of us.
Either way, “The kingdom of heaven is near.”
ASK THE LORD
Matthew 9:38 “Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.”
The harvest field is the world of unbelievers.
If there were more Christians in the world it would be a better place. There would be more love and kindness and peaceful communities.
There’s only one way to make the world better. Make the people better. But they can only get better if Christ lives in them. If more people believe in Christ and serve Him on earth, it will get better.
Pray and ask the Lord to send out workers, missionaries, evangelists, and pastors into the harvest field. Then look in your own heart and ask, do you want me to go out there in the world and preach the Gospel to the lost?
Sometimes when you pray earnestly for God to send more workers into Christ’s harvest field, the Lord tells you to go and do it.
Lord Jesus, send workers into your harvest field.
If you want to send me, I’ll go.
After thirty years in Africa, I retired, but I still ask, “Lord do you want me to go back?”
Some days I feel as if the Lord wants me to go back.
THE HARVEST IS PLENTIFUL, BUT THE WORKERS ARE FEW
Matthew 9:37 “Then he said to his disciple, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few.”
There are many lost souls, unbelievers on earth. They are the potential harvest.
Over the years, the number of evangelists and missionaries throughout the world has decreased.
How do we as Christians get others to go into the world and preach the Gospel? Only the Lord can touch someone’s heart and inspire someone to do this.
Many of us involved in outreach and evangelism in Africa prayed about reaching the unreached areas. We decided to work with some local churches for this.
We asked each congregation for individuals who were willing to go to the far ends of the country to preach the Gospel.
I was proud as two people volunteered from our small village church. They were sent out.
We’d heard the suffering they’d endured, almost starving. We were hesitant to have them give a report to the rest of the congregation.
God is greater than our doubts and fears.
These missionaries never spoke of the hardships. They emphasized, God’s goodness and faithfulness, to watch over them and always provide in the midst of difficulties.
After that, four more people stepped forward to go as missionaries.
Lord, send us as workers into the field for the harvest is plentiful but the workers are few.