Sunday, February 19, 2017

Are You A Laborer?

Are You A Laborer?
Are You A Laborer For Christ?

Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him, That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand. Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.” II Thessalonians 2:1-4
When Paul wrote to the people in Thessalonica they were troubled because of the sin going on around them. Sins like people having no desire for church or the Lord, people doing things their way, attitudes of not needing God, lovers of self, lovers of wealth, lovers of pleasures, forsaking righteous living, having no morals, with no respect for God or any kind of authority, and refusing to hear the Truth. Sound familiar?
What are we teaching our children and young adults? If we don’t tell them about Jesus, how they are sinners doomed for a devil’s hell if they don’t repent and come to Christ, who will? If we don’t teach the young women how to be wives and mothers, who will, society? That’s a scary thought, look at our youth … who is going to teach young men how to be husbands and dad? We certainly don’t need society teaching them anymore, society and worldly teachings have done enough damage.
It is up to US, lovers of Christ, followers of God’s Word, Children of God, to get THE Word out and teach our youth how to be lovers of God and live righteously; not only in word, but also in examples of how we live. “But speak thou the things which become sound doctrine: That the aged men be sober, grave, temperate, sound in faith, in charity, in patience. The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things; That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed. Young men likewise exhort to be sober minded. In all things shewing thyself a pattern of good works: in doctrine shewing uncorruptness, gravity, sincerity, Sound speech, that cannot be condemned; that he that is of the contrary part may be ashamed, having no evil thing to say of you.” Titus 2:1-8
Therefore said he unto them, The harvest truly is great, but the labourers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth labourers into his harvest. Go your ways: behold, I send you forth as lambs among wolves.” Luke 10:2-3
Just as it was in the days Christ walked the earth it is today, the harvest is great, o, so great but the laborers are so very few. Jesus told us to GO and TELL, tell everyone about Jesus and His saving grace. Our telling people about Jesus is so important to our Lord, that He commanded us to do so, several times; {Matthew 28:19-20, Acts 1:8, Luke 10:2-3.}
Seems most Christians will agree that this is indeed a problem, a great harvest and few laborers, but what are we doing about it? Are we following our Lord’s command and telling everyone, everywhere about Jesus? Why is this? Why won’t we speak up? Fear of rejection? If we tell someone about Jesus and they get mad or walk away without receiving what we have to tell them, it isn’t US they are rejecting, but God. At least, even in that scenario, they have been told, they have heard the truth at least once in their lives. {There was another time, a long time ago, a great man feared rejection from the people who were hollering they wanted a king; and the Lord gave them what they THOUGHT they wanted, and the Lord told Samuel, they aren’t rejecting you, they are rejecting me [my paraphrase] I Samuel 8:7}
If we will just keep that in mind, that is not us that they are rejecting, and step out in faith and tell people, everyone, about Jesus, God will protect our lips and bring us to who He needs us to talk to and He will also tender the hearts of those we speak to. All we have to do is be obedient.
“Here am I, send me Lord” {Isaiah 6:8, “Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.”} This is what our response should be every time the Lord tells us to go. You are a sinner {as am I}, even if you’re a Christian your still a sinner. The only difference between you and a lost soul is that you’ve been redeemed by the blood of the Lamb. That same blood, that same redemption, is available to everyone. Why would you want to keep this information to yourself? “Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.” Matthew 7:13-14.
God is preparing us for the work He has for us to do for Him in our lives. He didn’t save us to be pew warmers!

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24 comments:

  1. God's call is radical and often we ignore that side of it!

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  2. I so agree with you, Jenn: "God is preparing us for the work He has for us to do for Him in our lives. He didn’t save us to be pew warmers!" May we each share the good news as it has been given to us.

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  3. Love the cry of your heart for future generations, Jenn. God have mercy on us. {Visiting today from #RaRaLinkup where we're neighbors today.}

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    1. Thank you for visiting, God bless you

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  4. There's so much to do, and God has uniquely gifted each of us to get the job done! Thanks for this call to action!

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    1. God bless you Michele, and thank you for visiting

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  5. The laborers are indeed few. Thanks for sharing your heart.
    Blessings, Leigh

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    1. God bless you Leigh, thank you for visiting

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  6. Ouch! When I labor, I work from my heart, yet when I sit still and do nothing, I feel none of the love or gratitude or caring that comes from being in that Harvest of God's, being in His will for my life. Thank you for a fine reminder of where I truly want to be.

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    1. Thank you for visiting Is It Monday, Yet? God bless you

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  7. When I labor, I am there with my whole heart. I do not want to labor in vain and, hopefully, will not if it is of the Lord and I am listening for His still small voice. When I am still and not working as unto the Lord, I miss the love, gratitude, joy, and caring that comes with the labor. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thank you for visiting Is It Monday Yet, God bless you

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  8. Thank you for sharing this inspirational and convicting post at Together on Tuesdays.

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    1. Thank you Lisa, and thank you for visiting Is It Monday, Yet, God bless you

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  9. Thanks for sharing at Together on Tuesdays.

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  10. Thank you for sharing on Fresh Market Friday...so happy to have you!

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    1. Thank you Crystal, and thank you for visiting Is It Monday, Yet?

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  11. When God calls us to do something He always gives us what we need. And He has called us to be a witness for Him as we live our daily lives.
    Blessings to you! I'm your neighbor at #HeartEncouragement.

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    1. Thank you Gayl, and thank you for visiting Is It Monday, Yet? So nice to meet my neighbors! God bless you!

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  12. Oh that eyes and ears will be open to truth, not just the sinners but the everyday Christians as well. Keep preaching my dear sister. Thank you for sharing with us here at Tell me a Story.

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    1. Thank you Hazel, God bless you, and thank you for visiting Is It Monday, Yet?

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