Summary: I’ll Thank GOD All By Myself!
I’ll Thank GOD All By Myself!
When we deal with Luke, we deal with a book authored by one who didn’t experience a walking - talking relationship with Jesus Christ. Luke never saw Jesus open a blinded eye or case a deaf ear to hear. But he believed in Jesus anyway. Even though he was educated, Luke learned and shared his faith in Jesus Christ with everybody that would let him.
Even in this time of terrorism and demolition toward the body of Christ, Luke still choose to share the love of Christ to with hurting people. But I wonder how many of you do the same. How often do you share your testimony with your struggling neighbor? How often do you reach out to the drug pusher? How often do you reach out to the drug dealer? How often do you reach out to the drunkard? How often do you reach out to those that ain’t in your clique? How often do you try to bring in the harvest. Notice what the real issue is here “Harvest is truly plentiful… But the laborers are few” In other words, there is much work to be done… But there aren’t enough workers to do it…! “What kind of work?” ( “The harvest….”
The word, harvest, comes from a word which means (in verb form) ‘to reap…’ To gather… Collect… Bring in…! (In the noun form) it refers to ‘the crop…’ the produce… The product… The yield…The people… The sheep… The lost, hurting, unloved… I don’t claim to be an agricultural major, but the last time I looked, harvesting was done OUTSIDE…! Harvesting is done in the fields…!
So that suggests to me that we’ve got to go outside of these four walls in order to get into the fields… So that we can reach others…! Let me put it like this, we’ve got to get off our ‘blessed assurance’ and go into the highways and hedges and compel men, women, boys, and girls to come to Christ…! The problem is we’re more concerned with ‘church work’ than with ‘Kingdom work…!’ We’re more concerned with filling the choir stand with singers than filling the pews with new disciples… We’re more concerned with church work instead of Kingdom work…!
We’d rather have raffles and sell cakes and pies instead of participate in street ministry and bring others to church with us… Church work… Instead of Kingdom work…! Some of us have the “Martha Mentality” (Luke 10:38-42)… Martha was so worried about her housework that she didn’t recognize that Jesus was there in the house… She was more concerned about the rack of lamb in the oven, than the fact the fact that The Lamb of God was in her living room…! (Rather sacrifice chicken [dinners] than give of our time, talent and ability)
Jesus was reaching out to bring in the here some lepers.
In this time lepers could not step within six feet of a person because society called them dirty.
In this time lepers could only wear black funeral attire because society called them dead.
In this time lepers could only outside the city limits because society called them outcast.
But, ten lepers stop Jesus on his way to Jerusalem. But there were 5 things that these lepers did that really caught Jesus’ attention and caused their miracle. All ten had: