In America, virtually anyone has access to the Word of God; sadly, many remain that have no idea what it says. As host of The Tonight Show, Jay Leno frequently executed “man-on-the street”interviews. On one particular episode, he decides to ask questions concerning the Bible. The first question was, “Can you name one of the Ten Commandments?” The person responded, “Freedom of Speech.” Another question was, “Complete this sentence: Let he who is without sin ____.” The response was, “Have a good time.” Though considered humorous, such responses are tragic. We, as believers, understand that the Bible is far more than just a book. It is the breathed Word of God that provides us information pertaining to true life. Its importance is expressed plainly in Romans 10:17,where it says, “So then faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God.” This tells us that the Word is very important to know, but just as important to sow.How many of us have thought of feet as being beautiful?
Feet aren’t something we commonly regard as points of beauty, but they can be more beautiful than all the gold in the world when used for the proper purpose. Romans 10:15 states, “…How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace, who bring glad tidings of good things!”
What would it be like to receive an invitation from the most important person alive to join Him in the most important venture on the planet?
Perhaps He would get your attention by referencing what He has done in the past, and how He connects with this initiative; how He became a servant to show God’s “truth.” He might even outline the mission by reiterating the fact that there are other sheep not of His fold that need to be brought in so that there may be one flock, one shepherd (John 10:16). He would probably also remind you that,though it appears joining Him has drawbacks, the reward is GREAT. That no one who leaves home,spouse, children, brother or sister will be without compensation (Mark 10:28-30). If the invitation is TRULY authentic, the person may even broadcast the extent of His authority, under which the endeavor will operate; that all authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Him. He would remind us that as we carry out His mission, He doesn’t solely promise His oversight, but His own presence and intimate involvement.
In case you hadn’t noticed, I’ve given you the resume/heart of Jesus Christ.
As you step, remember these key components of the “mission-minded” believer:
Please Read Luke 15:1-4, 8
Ingredient 1: Compassion
Jesus had the “tax collectors and sinners” gathering around him. These are lost people who were not running from Jesus but rather running to him. They were not avoiding him, ignoring him, or even hostile towards him. Verse 1 says that they were “gathering around to hear him.”Why were sinners so willing, and even eager, to listen to Jesus? It certainly wasn’t because Jesus had an easy message that tickled people’s ears. I believe the answer is his compassion.Jesus loved them and showed that love with a compassionate heart instead of condemning attitude. How’s your attitude?
Ingredient 2: Effort
In these two parables, Jesus emphasizes the effort that went into finding the lost. In the parable of the lost sheep, Jesus said that the shepherd would “leave the ninety-nine sheep in the open country and go after the lost sheep. . .” In the parable of the lost coin, the woman lights a lamp, sweeps the whole house and searches carefully for the lost coin, according to verse 8. Note: Though “effort” is great, be sure to operate in obedience to the Holy Spirit. Be a “broom.” A broom consists of 2 components: a brush and handle. The brush does the sweeping, but only in response to the direction in which the handle is moved.
Ingredient 3: Persistence
In both these cases Jesus notes specifically that the person continued seeking the lost item until he or she found it. In other words, Jesus seems to be pointing out that persistence was a needed quality for success. After all, lost sheep among spacious fields and hills, and lost coins on the dirt floor of a Jewish home would not have been easily or quickly found. It’s the same way with reaching the lost. It is not always easy to reach people’s hearts so that they receive Jesus. Sometimes it takes years and years of persistence, but we should never be discouraged or give up when key ingredient #2, effort, doesn’t pay off quickly.
Have you responded to His call?
You first received it when you accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. We all know that He conquered sin and death, and that He now leads the mission from the control room of the universe:His Father’s Right Hand. By His Spirit, through His own people, He is extending His offer of life to every tribe, tongue & nation. You have been summoned to cover yourself in His armor/uniform and step onto the field with the greatest team this world has ever known; all who dress in His garments have His provision.