I love the idea that church being more than sitting in a service on Sunday and I love that we are being challenged to be the hands and feet of Jesus in our community so that people can hear and see the message of Jesus’ love. But sometimes the thought of trying to help people in need can...
In Matthew 9:37-38, Jesus said to His disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.”Guys, the issue is not that we can't reach people, so many people in this area say the church can't...
I love the idea that church being more than sitting in a service on Sunday and I love that we are being challenged to be the hands and feet of Jesus in our community so that people can hear and see the message of Jesus’ love.
But sometimes the thought of trying to help people in need can be overwhelming. There are so many needs…so many ways to get involved…so many ministries that I could help with. And sometimes I admit that I even wonder how my actions could even mean anything in the big scheme of things.
But here’s what I’ve learned: We don’t have to do ALL THE THINGS! But we DO need to do exactly what God is leading us to through the pull and guidance of the Holy Spirit.
I was in Curtis Bay doing some volunteer work and I thought maybe I would stop at the store to grab some groceries on my way home. As I was coming over the hill into Severna Park I felt a nudge. It was a little whisper that urged me to watch for someone. I wasn’t sure what that meant, but I knew it was from the Holy Spirit, so I decided to just slow down and look around as I ran my errand.
As I was walking into the store, I saw a man sitting on the curb. I smiled at him. He smiled back.
“How are you today?” I asked as I passed him.
“Good,” he said. “Just trying to make some money for bus fare.”
Just then I remembered that earlier I put $10 in my pocket to pay for lunch. Turns out, lunch was taken care of, so I still had $10 in my pocket. I pulled out the money and handed it to him. “Oh, then this is for you!” I said.
As I handed him the money, his eyes widened and he smiled. Just then, someone with a cart came by (this man was returning the carts that people gave him so he could keep the quarters that you insert to get the cart at this particular store). The moment seemed to pass as a gentleman handed this man his cart, so I walked inside to do my shopping.
When I finished my shopping, I headed out to the parking lot. The man I spoke to earlier was there watching the door. He approached me as I left the building and I smiled.
“You didn’t have to do that,” he said. “But thank you. Thank you very much.”
“Well,” I replied, “on the way here today I felt God tell me to help someone, and I think he meant you.”
The man told me his story. He had been living with his mother, but she died a few months back and since the subsidized apartment was hers, he lost his home. He told me how hard he has worked to try to get on a list for housing but he was having a hard time trying to make ends meet. I gave him information on The Transformation Center (a partner ministry of our church) and asked if I could pray with him. When we finished praying, he had tears in his eyes.
“You blessed me today,” he said.
“And you blessed me,” I replied.
I am convinced that God has a plan for each of us. It’s not necessarily a plan to do all the things…but God does have a plan to use you—at the right moment, at the right time—to help one of his beloved children in a real and meaningful way. We need to prepare ourselves to hear his voice, and respond to the Holy Spirit.
In Matthew 9:37-38, Jesus said to His disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.”
Guys, the issue is not that we can't reach people, so many people in this area say the church can't grow...and people are too busy...and it's too secular...and...
All that's garbage!
Jesus said the harvest is plentiful! There are millions of broken people around us who are blind now but if only the Father's love was revealed to them, they would be ready and receptive!
The problem is not that they're not ready in their brokenness to have answers and joy, the problem is, there aren't enough inspired people willing to get out of their own plans and go! There aren't enough people willing to leave their earthbound agendas and invest their lives for eternity! That's the problem!
The harvest is plentiful -The truth is The Church at Severn Run can grow by 200 or by 5,000 and the churches in this region can grow by 100,000 more people because they're there: according to Jesus! They just don't have anybody who will walk with them and lead them!
What Jesus is trying to tell us is the church of the living God has to have a new attitude! A believing attitude and a faithful attitude that looks at our world around us and says we can make a difference! God is at work out there, He's already done all the work to plant and water, and all we have to do is to get out and connect with people and to bring in the harvest!
Guys, if we believe The Gospel, Jesus said that there are hurting, broken people around us!
All around us there are hundreds of thousands of human beings that are ready to hear about the love of God and to have His arms around them.
God may use your arms.
You may be the arms of God, the hand of God, the Word of God and we gotta have a different attitude! We are called to join Him, empowered by the Holy Spirit and inspired by God, and if we do, there will be an immense harvest and a huge difference! Stories will be changed, if we just believe! -Dr. Drew Shofner