Written by: Pastor Abraham Oluwatosin Adeyemi, Nigeria
Matthew 9:36-38 says , “But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd. Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few; Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest.”
This passage of Scripture really burdens my heart. Souls are dying every day without hope for eternity. They are going to hell forever! The question is, “what are we Christians doing about it?” We must understand that we may be the answer to someone’s prayer who has been searching for the answer to how to go to Heaven.
I just read an article from a missionary to Kenya in which he described how he traveled by canoe without having a place to sleep, not having toilet nor benches for two days, with nearly 300 people inside the canoe. But after passing through this tedious journey, and had finished the Bible teaching a man walked up to him, and told him the following: “I have been praying for someone to come and teach us the pure Word of God since 1977.” What a great answer to prayer! Is someone somewhere waiting for you in Africa, Oceania, Asia, South America, North America, or Europe to come and present the Gospel of Jesus Christ?
There are two things you need to consider if you want to be the person that someone is praying and waiting for.
1. You must be willing to Sacrifice.
We have many Christians that want to do something for God, but they are unwilling to sacrifice much for the cause of Christ. If you are not willing to sacrifice for Jesus Christ, or for the propagation of the Gospel, you will not accomplish anything for the Lord. What if Jesus Christ would not have sacrificed His life and shed His precious blood for us? We would not be saved and going to Heaven.
You must be willing to sacrifice your time and your money in the service for Jesus. It is Jesus Christ which gives you money and wealth; you are expected to give back to His cause.
I have asked this question many times, “If the Lord blesses you with one million dollars, how would you spend it?” To be honest, and with the help of God, I will travel in Africa and Asia preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ. What about you? Christians are relaxed about building a fancy building and buying luxury things, but people are dying and going to hell every second of every day!
2. You must be willing to leave your Comfort Zone.
Here comes the real problem. We have come to enjoy all the beautiful things in our countries with the beautiful houses, expensive cars, and a good clean environment. This problem is why so many places are unreached because we Christians have been unwilling to leave our comfort zone to sit is a strange seat. Islam is the fastest growing religion because they are moving around from country to country. Jesus said, “the harvest is truly plenteous, but the laborers are few.” He wants us to see the need to reach the world.
A Missionary Cry
A hundred thousand souls a day, are passing one by one away.
In Christ-less guilt and gloom, without one ray of hope or light.
With future dark as endless night, they are passing to their doom, they are passing to their doom.
They are passing, passing fast away. In thousands day and day, they are passing to their doom, they are passing to their doom.
Jude 22: “And of some having compassion, making a difference.”