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Good and joyful day today to all Christian brothers and sisters on this the day the Lord has made. Pull up a chair, pour yourself a cup of coffee, or tea, or milk, or whatever is your favorite, we’re about to slice a piece of the Bread of Life, the Word of God. And today’s slice comes from: Matthew 9:35 Jesus traveled around through all the cities and villages of that area, teaching in the Jewish synagogues and announcing the Good News about the Kingdom. And wherever he went he healed people of every sort of illness. 36 And what pity he felt for the crowds that came, because their problems were so great and they didn’t know what to do or where to go for help. They were like sheep without a shepherd. 37 “The harvest is so great, and the workers are so few,” he told his disciples. 38 “So pray to the one in charge of the harvesting, and ask him to recruit more workers for his harvest fields.”
Jesus didn’t look at the world as such a sinful place that it could never be touched. He looked at the lost with compassion and saw that the world was worth winning.
Today this world has over 7 million people, and it is been said that only one third have heard the Gospel of our Lord. We now have the ability to preach the Gospel to almost every person on the face of the earth through the technology available. Why then haven’t we witnessed to the whole world yet? Better yet, why haven’t we witnessed to all of our country, or all of our state, or all of our county, or all of our city, or even to all of our neighborhood?
Jesus, not his apostles or disciples, but Jesus Himself said, “GO YE into all the world and preach the Gospel to every creature.” That’s in Mark 16:15. He was not speaking to only His followers of that day, but today also. So the title of today’s message is “It is Time to GO YE”
Bro. Dick, why do you say it is now time to. Have you not read the newspapers, the nightly news, or listen to the evangelists, to today’s prophets, or, hopefully, your pastors. As Popeye might say: “Olive, we’s in trouble.”
Notice that Jesus did not tell them, therefore us, to go to any one denominational church in particular. He wants us to step outside the four walls of the church. Sure radio and T.V. can help, so can websites like Touch of Joy Ministries.org, or evangelists and prophets, and certainly citywide gatherings. But it also takes each one of us realizing the value of souls and reaching our the best we can right where we live, trade, play and visit. Friends, either you go or you send someone to go, but a true Christian need to Go Ye. Before you and I were even born Jesus said that the harvest of souls were ready to be harvested. In other words the people are ready, it is evidently us who are not. Are you?
We can’t throw our hands up and say that it is a hopeless sinful world. We have to realize that the more the world becomes sinful the more important it is that we become the bearers of truth and the hope that the Word of God provides. The sinners that fill our news need help. Don’t just scorn… like sour losers…. be what Christ wants us to be…. soul winners. Did you catch that… not s o u r losers, but s o u l winners.
We, church goers; notice I did not say Christians, which are followers of Christ; too often see them as dirty sinners. We not only scorn them, we curse them. Yes, I said, curse them.
When you call someone a looser, a drunkard, a doper, or trash of the world, we are placing a curse on them to continue in their terrible ways. They need help. They need pity. They need prayer.
For over a year now I have been ministering several times a week at The City of Refuge in George County. This is a Rehab Facility for alcoholics, drug uses, and homeless. Many of these men were in honorable skilled employment but allowed alcohol or drug usage to invade their lives. Through this rehabilitation some are entering back into society clean. Some of them have just lost their lives to economic conditions that led them to imbibing to the point of no return. It is a blessing to bring them the “Good News” of the “Word of God,” and see it change their lives. A large part of the “medicine” they need is a product called L O V E.
Also, I read recently that the “prison rehab facilities” run by the government; with all its doctors, psychologist, and psychiatrists, have a recidivism rate of 67%. That means they will have 76% who have completed the program return to prison within two years. However, the recidivism rate for the Faith Based Facilities is only 8%. That does not surprise me. All that says to me is that God can do what man cannot. Surprised ??
Too many so called Christians never take advantage of the opportunities in their own neighborhoods. They quarantine themselves off and walk around in their three-pieced robes, talking religion and looking down their noses at the sins of the lost.
If we are to be successful in winning the world, we must see people as Jesus sees them — with compassion. We must be always looking around to see what the Apostle Matthew said in chapter 9, verse 36, scattered abroad as sheep having no shepherd.”
You can get more people saved with a smile than you ever can with a frown, because actions speak louder than words. I’m just parroting this morning the words spoken by Jesus the Christ, in Matthew 5:16…. “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in Heaven.” It is not always what you say; but how you act and the good works that you do that shine a bright light for God. How is your light these days?
Ask yourself, is it enough for me to have joy and leave others in misery. Is it enough for me to keep the wisdom and blessings of God all to myself. Christ commanded, notice I said commanded, not asked, us to share what we have been given. Why? Because God counts His wealth not by gold streets, pearl gates, or jasper walls, but by the souls that He possesses. In other words, when people get saved, the value of God’s treasury goes up. We are to make God richer and richer, filling His kingdom with what He values most, people.
John 3:16 is a very, very well known verse: “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
But lets not read 3:16 without continuing with 3:17 “For God sent not His son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.”
I had a man tell me one time that he came to a point, after hearing televangelist messages on salvation that he saw a sign on a car that said, “Jesus Saves.” He followed the car until it parked and got out and told them that he had read their bumper sticker and thought that they might be able to tell him where and how he might be saved. Why did he have to track down a bumper sticker? Where were all the church-goers all of his life. No one asked; probably because they had seen him as a sinner instead of a sheep without a Shepherd.
I’ve come to a point that I no longer want to use the phrase “lost soul” for those who are not saved. I prefer using, “pre-Christian.” How many pre-Christians do you run across every day? Are you ready to show them the way. People without any real religious faith that are unresponsive to your previous efforts will respond when you treat them as lost sheep. Realize that they have been blinded by the god or this world and have wandered off into the wrong pasture. They need someone to show compassion and introduce them to Jesus.
You know, if I met you in the supermarket, and had my long-life best friend with me, I would introduce you to him with adulations about his and my friendship and closeness, maybe describing all the things he has been to me. This is no different when introducing someone to Christ. Simply tell all about your relationship and what He has done for you.
And remember, millions of people are looking for direction and that’s what Jesus brings.
For centuries, the Church has given the world a pious and sometimes, mean-spirited religion, instead of giving them the care, concern and wisdom of the Shepherd. We were never meant to clean the fish, before we catch them. I want to repeat that. We were never meant to clean the fish, before we catch them.
Think about it…. have you become hard-hearted about winning souls? Pray, and ask God to help you soften your heart for the lost Make a decision that you will put away your religious whip and see them through the eyes of Jesus, with compassion. You, yes you, were destined to be a soul winner; not just your pastor, hired to do it for you.
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