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Topic: Work (07/27/06)

By Maryolyn Payne



Matt. 9: 37-38 KJV 37Then saith He unto His disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the laborers are few; 38 Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that He will send forth labourers into the harvest.

Never before has the world needed laborers in the field as now. The saving grace of Jesus Christ must be told. Many people are being called into the mission field to go into the uttermost parts of the world and inside the United States.

A great example of this: a young woman of about twenty-one came to our church to tell what is happening in a slum area of a huge city, right here in the United States. She must be about five feet tall, 110 lbs. She does not let her size or any other thing deter her. She is not the least bit fearful to walk in a drug, gang area of that city. In the midst of the desolate place she, and workers with her, are as busy as bees. They started out by saying, “Yes Lord,” to the Holy Spirit’s call. Obedience and intense prayer has brought her group a huge building, erected with inside furnishings needed to teach and minister, and vehicle to go in the streets to minister to children and adults. God sovereignly provided for them. They are doing tremendous work, and are not about to sit back and take their ease.

The missionaries that go across the ocean give up homes, families, comfort, safety, jobs and the most wonderful country in the world to spread the word, to those in dire need of hearing of God’s great mercy and grace. In other words they sacrifice every thing for the sake of being called and answering that call. The sacrifice is tremendous for those missionaries inside the United States as well.

At Family Worship Center we have approximately 200 members. We have really stretched our budget to the limits to send $120,000 for this year’s missions. None of us really have the kind of money we need in order to meet the faith pledge we made; instead we are stretching our faith for the Lord to soverneignly provide the money for us to help meet our pledge. He does work and provides in mysterious ways. At the present time, with half the year gone, over half of the amount has been funded.

After we have met our total pledge we can say, “Thank you Lord for providing the cash that was needed to meet our pledge.” Do we then sit back and do nothing more? Shouldn’t we ask, “What else do you want me to do Lord?”

There are people all around us who are not saved. All of us are obviously not called to be missionaries, but we are called. We have neighbors, friends, family members, and strangers around us who are lost. We are God’s hands and feet in the world. Why would He allow us the pleasure of saying, “I gave money for missionary work, that’s enough?”

Just what if Jesus had said, “My work is finished on earth. I’ll just go sit on my comfortable throne to love and be loved by my Heavenly Father. I’ll just let those for whom I died do what they will do?” Instead, He sent us a wonderful helper in the mighty Holy Spirit to always be with us. He does not sit back and take ease. Jesus sits at the Father’s side to intercede for the entire world and each individual’s needs. Often people think that He only cares about the major needs we have, but that is not true. He is intimately acquainted with everything that concerns us, but His first concern is for souls.

Then we may say, “Well, I pray for everyone, and there is no greater gift than that.” That is true, but the Lord also expects us to put feet to our prayers. We must tell others. Prayer and finances are definitely a huge step in the right direction for aiding in spreading God’s good news. Opportunities are major. We not only have the privilege of a one on one way of communicating, we also have telephones, e-mail, books, and other writings, that can be used effectively. There is much work to be done.

We must ask: Am I doing all that I am capable of doing? Am I grateful enough for the shed blood of Jesus to say, “Yes Lord,” and Finish His Work?

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Cheryl Beckwith08/03/06
This is so true.We are put here for such a time as this.We have got to be tending the fields and not just resting under the shade tree with a glass of pink lemonade.
Clarissa Barge08/03/06
Thanks for this great article to remind us to continue doing the work needed in areas of witnessing - especially right here at home the great US of A.
Marilee Alvey08/04/06
You have stated it well: we need to be a sermon WALKING. Jesus never stops, so why should we? There is enough work for everyone. Some people say, "Witnessing is just not my gift." Well, I don't recall the end of Matthew saying, "Go unto all the world, if that's your gift"....do you? Thanks for the gentle prodding.
Maryolyn Payne08/04/06
Marilee, You have filled my heart with encouragement. There is no greater purpose for us than to spread the great news of the hope of Jesus Christ and His saving grace. Your words are well taken. Thank you so very much and may God bless you tremendously. Love in Christ,
Maryolyn Payne
Lynda Schultz 08/04/06
One small detail: You said: "All of us are obviously not called to be missionaries, but we are called. " You are half right - we are all called, but we all missionaries too! As one of the foreign variety of missionaries, I say "amen" to your heart as you have expressed it. Good work.
william price08/04/06
Your passion for the subject was evident in your writing. Good job in ministering what was on your heart.
God Bless.
Valerie Routhieaux08/07/06
Great! Send me, should be our reply, just like it was with Isaiah. There is so much that needs to be done.

You did a very good job with this. Very effective call to work in the harvest fields.

Keep writing and sharing.