Saturday, November 18, 2017

The All Volunteer Army of God


Matthew 9  NKJV
35  Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people.
36  But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd.
37  Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few.
38  “Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.”

·        Jesus was doing all He could physically do with His time and attention. He was preaching and teaching and healing people …
·        But when He saw the multitudes and knew that He was only One Man, Jesus knew that He could not get to everyone who needed.
·        Jesus needed Help and for that He needed helpers …

The single factor limiting growth and greater success is an unwillingness or inability to reproduce yourself and release others to do what you do. God is willing to invest His time in you so that you can help Him succeed.

Success is always in other people. God’s success is in you!

The greatest investment you will ever make is an investment in others.

Parents, let your children, nay … teach your children and make them cook and clean and wash dishes and take out the trash and mow the yard and as they grow show them the checkbook and the water bill and let them put air in the car tires, change the lightbulbs, or fill the tank with gas, supervised of course, and shop for groceries and handle paying for them.

President Ronald Reagan said, “Leadership is not about what you can do but about what you can get others to do.”

God is calling people to volunteer … His plan is the same plan we see Jesus working at the end of Matthew 9. When you are doing all you can do, find some other people, reproduce yourself in them and put them to work.

When Jesus saw the multitudes … He was moved with compassion because they were in need and there weren’t enough workers to meet those needs.

Jesus said there was no lack of harvest nor harvest opportunities, rather there was a great need for more laborers. This is the prayer Jesus asked us to pray: Lord, send more laborers into Your harvest!

So, what did Jesus do about it? He empowered others … the next verse:

Matthew 10:1  And when He had called His twelve disciples to Him, He gave them power over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease.

The Gospel of Luke records that Jesus broadened His appeal for even more volunteers to empower and release to do the work needed.

Luke 10
1  After these things the Lord appointed seventy others also, and sent them two by two before His face into every city and place where He Himself was about to go.
2  Then He said to them, “The harvest truly is great, but the laborers are few; therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.

Allow me to tell you what God is going to do this year … it is the same thing He has been doing every year since the creation of the world and the same thing we see Jesus doing during His earthly life and ministry. God is calling volunteers to help Him do His work. Volunteers are needed everywhere and in every area of the Church, ministry and missions. From Sunday School teachers to greeters, from missionaries to ushers and from musicians to altar workers, God’s army is an all-volunteer army.

Every Believer has a fair share of volunteer ministry they should offer to Christ. Don’t worry if you don’t know how to do what is needed or what you want to do for Jesus … I will insure you are properly trained and placed in a productive field of service.

The only thing limiting God from reaching and rescuing one more soul is the current shortage of laborers. Would you be a volunteer in the Army of God? What will you do so that God can see others reached and discipled for the cause of Christ? Don’t worry … there’s something for everyone … You can do it … I’ll show you how!

This year we are endeavoring to reach Every Heart and Every Home for Jesus. Each one of the departments and ministries of our Church will host or sponsor a community outreach of some kind in 2018. We know the harvest is waiting for us and all we need is more laborers we can send into the ripened fields all around us.

Prepare yourself and be ready to volunteer and serve in the Army of God during this coming year. From Christmas Fest to VBS and from Pre-Teen outreach to our elderly care, there is a best place for you to serve.

We believe 2018 will be A Volunteer Year. That’s what it will take to reach Every Heart and Every Home for Jesus! Let’s do it together!