Summary: Jesus calls all disciples, those who have accepted Him as Lord and Savior, to Go and tell someone else “the kingdom of God is near you.”
SO MUCH WORK, SO LITTLE HELP
FEBRUARY 3, 2002
INTRODUCTION: Norman Cates shared the humorous story of a guy who prayed this prayer every morning: "Lord, if you want me to witness to someone today, please give me a sign to show me who it is." One day he found himself on a bus when a big, burly man sat next to him. The bus was nearly empty but this guy sat next to our praying friend. The timid Christian anxiously waited for his stop so he could exit the bus. But before he could get very nervous about the man next to him, the big guy burst into tears and began to weep. He then cried out with a loud voice, "I need to be saved. I’m a lost sinner and I need the Lord. Won’t somebody tell me how to be saved?" He turned to the Christian and pleaded, "Can you show me how to be saved?" The believer immediately bowed his head and prayed, "Lord, is this a sign?" Are you looking for a "sign" to start witnessing?
TRANSITION THOUGHT: Our text for this day answers the question, “If you are looking for a sign to tell someone else about Jesus, here it is!” Most Christians struggle with this issue. It seems hard enough to follow Christ without telling everyone else about Him. “People don’t want to hear what I have to say”, or “they already know”, might be our excuse. “People won’t like me if I get all religious on them,” or “they might not like me if I point out what God says” are some other excuses. “For Heaven Sake, Billy Graham is on TV all the time, not to mention all those Religious stations.” “Why on earth should I tell someone else, surely this is why we pay the Preacher the big bucks.” Let me know share with you the Truth from God’s word on GETTING OUT!”
THESIS SENTENCE: Jesus calls all disciples, those who have accepted Him as Lord and Savior, to Go and tell someone else “the kingdom of God is near you.”
JESUS CALLS US TO GET OUT!
I. WE WORK BECAUSE HE SENDS US (VV. 1-16)
A. We work because we’re sent.
1. Jesus uses the word appointed!
2. In verse 3 it is explicitly clear: “GO!”
B. We work because it is time.
1. It is harvest time!
2. What happens if you don’t harvest the field while it is ripe?
C. We work because we know how.
1. Verses 3-11 and 16 are marching orders!
2. We are even given the words to share and the model of what it looks like! Check it out! Note verses 4 and 7b!
3. It can not be spelled out any clearer; we know what to do!
ILLUSTRATION: Assumptions can be quite dangerous. For example, the photographer for a national magazine was assigned to get photos of a great forest fire. Smoke at the scene hampered him and he asked his home office to hire a plane. Arrangements were made and he was told to go at once to a nearby airport, where the plane would be waiting. When he arrived at the airport, a plane was warming up near the runway. He jumped in with his equipment and yelled, "Let’s go! Let’s go!" The pilot swung the plane into the wind and they soon were in the air. "Fly over the north side of the fire," yelled the photographer, "and make three or four low level passes." "Why?" asked the pilot. "Because I’m going to take pictures," cried the photographer. "I’m a photographer and photographers take pictures!" After a pause the pilot said, "You mean you’re not the instructor?" The Jokesmith.