God blesses those who get excited about his plan to bless the world through Jesus.
“Then He said to his disciples, ‘The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few…’ What did Jesus mean? He meant there were many people ready to be harvested for the Kingdom. All around us there are broken, bleeding, hurting people, ripped apart and left to die, they are ready to be reached if only someone will go to the harvest fields. If only someone will tell them about Jesus. Where are the harvest fields today? Let me name a few ….
In Acts 17 Luke talks about Paul’s visit to Thessalonica and how Paul had great success until the Jewish opponents began to spread rumors and stir up the rabble of the town. Many were saying, “These that have turned the world upside down are come hither also.” What a great thing to have said about you—that you managed to turn the world upside town. I can’t think of a greater compliment for a Christian! How did they do it? Acts 17 records the fact; I Thessalonians 2 gives us the answer.
What does it mean to be a truly Pentecostal church? We are to be united, praying, Spirit-filled, gospel preaching and harvesting everywhere we go. May God help us, after 2000 years, to finally become like the church as it was in the beginning.
It’s a tough question to think about because at its heart, it touches many people we know personally. Taken at its widest point, the question involves friends and neighbors who seem utterly resistant to any talk of spiritual things. They never come to church, they never read the Bible, they show no interest in learning more about Jesus Christ. And what about those millions of people in other lands who lack even the opportunity to say “No” to the gospel? How can God allow such a thing to happen?
Jonah, do you hear that sound? It’s the noise of Nineveh. What’s that? You hate the Ninevites? I know you do. But Jonah, I want you to go there anyway. I’ll go with you. You do the talking and I’ll take care of the rest. Hey, where are you going? Tarshish? Have a nice trip. They tell me the fishing is great this time of the year.
God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son. What will you give to the world that He loved? Will you give your money? Will you give your vacation next year? Will you give a meal for an international student? Will you give the time it takes to write a letter? Will you give a year or two years or thirty years? Will you give your son or your daughter?
Lift your eyes from the trivial pursuits of life, and you will see a world filled with people who are dying of thirst. They’re empty. They’re broken. They’re lonely. They’re confused. They’re misled by a million false voices. And they are all around you. Waiting, hoping, praying that someone will show them a better way.
It didn’t happen in Chicago, so it wasn’t a day like this. Cold, wet, snowy, slippery and watch your step. No, it didn’t happen here so it wasn’t on a day like this. In fact it was on a day about as different from this day as a day could be. It happened in Palestine. […]