DEVOTION: He told them, "The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field. Go!..... Matthew 11:21
There are some 20 or more churches in the Warrenton area. Despite that, only half of the people in Warren County claim to have a church or be a member of a church. Out of the 50% that do, there are many who claim a church that have not been to that church in quite a while. There are a lot of people who are hungering and thirsting for JESUS!
It means that the HARVEST IS PLENTIFUL!
It means that there are people in our community who are drifting away from Jesus and need to be brought back to Him gently and lovingly.
It means that there are many who have never heard of the love and forgiveness of Jesus and they need ot hear it from you, because you know them.
It means inviting people to God's house for worship and then doing whatever it takes to get them there.
It means giving forgiveness to people that you don't particularly like because they sinned against you.
It means sharing the Gospel in your daily life with people you work and live with, because you know that without it they are going to hell.
It means praying unceasingly for your loved ones who you know are outside of God's kingdom because of their unbelief.
It means loving the unlovable with Christ's love.
It means caring for those who need care.
It means being an ambassador for Christ everywhere you go!
That is what Jesus sent the 72 out to do. They were sent to prepare the way for Jesus to come to them. They were sent to get them ready for Jesus by preaching, healing, and driving out demons, all by the power of the Holy Spirit.
That is what Jesus is sending you to do too. Well, maybe not to heal physically, but you can provide the Spiritual medicine a person needs to be healed spiritually. Maybe not to drive out demons, but you can drive out the hatred and the sin with God's forgiveness.
What a privilege it is to be sent by Jesus. It isn't a drudgery. It isn't a burden. It is a privilege and a joy! I get no more joy than when I am telling someone about Jesus, or baptizing someone, or caring for someone with Jesus' love. It is the biggest rush and the biggest joy I ever get!
No amount of vacation, beautiful scenery, good food, or of any earthly thing gives me as big a joy and satisfaction as does sharing Christ! I want that for you today too. Get to it! Share Christ! GO!
Let us pray: Lord, get me up on my feet so I can GO! Amen.
P.S. ONGOING AMBASSADORS FOR CHRIST WILL BE HERE THIS WEEKEND DOING THE ABOVE THINGS!! YOU ARE MORE THAN WELCOME TO JOIN THEM REGARDLESS OF YOUR AGE!! THEY'D LOVE IT IF YOU WOULD JOIN THEM!!! They will be at church beginning at 8am Saturday morning till Sunday after lunch! Come and be a part of it!!
_____________________________________________________________________________________________________ YESTERDAY'S QUIZ: Who was Nicodemus? Nicodemus was Jerusalem's most outstanding Bible teacher and a member of the Jewish council. Only the High Priest gained more recognition in the capital city than Nicodemus. He was afraid or ashamed to be seen with Jesus and therefore came in the night to study.
SANCTUARY CLEANING THIS SATURDAY, 10am-NOON--- If you are a clean freak and enjoy having a clean sanctuary in which to praise the Lord, please come up to church on Saturday and enjoy the company of your fellow cleaners!! We'll have lunch when we're done at noon!
HOLIDAY VENDOR FAIR SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 8am-2pm!!
If you have a business that you run from home or you would like to sell your wares at a place where tons of people are sure to come, please consider being a part of our 3rd annual Vendor Fair. The Ladies Aid will be serving lunch and selling baked goods as well!
Make plans to come out and get your Christmas shopping done early!!
PATRIOT PACKAGES WILL BE PACKED AT THE WARRENTON ARMORY ON SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 9am-noon!!
You may donate small travel size personal hygiene items, gum, comic books, magazines, or cash. A full list of needed items will be available soon. These packages are sent to troops out on the front line and battle fields around the world.
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