Summary: God’s workers are often too heavily laden to be effective in working in the ministry.
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Pastor James May
Mark 6:7-13, "And he called unto him the twelve, and began to send them forth by two and two; and gave them power over unclean spirits; And commanded them that they should take nothing for their journey, save a staff only; no scrip, no bread, no money in their purse: But be shod with sandals; and not put on two coats. And he said unto them, In what place soever ye enter into an house, there abide till ye depart from that place. And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear you, when ye depart thence, shake off the dust under your feet for a testimony against them. Verily I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for Sodom and Gomorrha in the day of judgment, than for that city. And they went out, and preached that men should repent. And they cast out many devils, and anointed with oil many that were sick, and healed them."
The coming of the Lord is drawing closer every day and if we are ever going to reach lost souls for Christ, this is the day that we should really be working. If we are going to work in the fields, reaping a harvest of lost souls, we don’t need to carry around any extra burdens that will wear us out or slow us down.
Luke 10:2, says, "Therefore said he unto them, The harvest truly is great, but the laborers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth laborers into his harvest."
That is my prayer and the prayer of this church, that God would send us forth as laborers in the harvest to help people get ready for Jesus’ return.
How many of you believe that Jesus is coming soon? I can remember that even as a teenager, I was convinced that Jesus could return at any moment. I can’t tell you the number of times that I looked toward the Eastern sky to see if I could see His return. I don’t know how many times that I looked at the moon and it seemed to turn almost red in color and the words of John would jump out of the pages of the Bible and into my heart where he wrote in Revelation 6:12, "And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood;"
I was convinced then that the Lord was coming soon and I am convinced that Jesus is coming soon now. That coming could be at any moment and in the twinkling of eye we will all be gone to be with Jesus in the air. Everyone, that is, except those who have not made themselves ready.
There will be multitudes of millions of people who will be left behind in that great and terrible day. Those millions are the harvest that you and I need to work with.
Jesus has given to us that same power that He gave to the original disciples of the early church. We still have power over unclean spirits and demonic powers. We can still heal the sick. We can still pray for the sick. We can still lead people to the Lord in the prayer of repentance. God has given us His word and His promises and left us with the command to…”go ye into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.”
If we would act toward this assignment from the Lord to work in His fields the same way that we do in our jobs, so much more could be accomplished.
Jesus commanded His disciples to …”take nothing for their journey, save a staff only; no scrip, no bread, no money in their purse: But be shod with sandals; and not put on two coats.”