By Pastor John Mateos Ong
We have been chosen to be ambassadors of Christ. One of the ways that we can show love to others is by reaching out to them. Many Christians are sitting pretty. They tell themselves that they are doing fine, attending church on Sundays and being a part of a small group. But Jesus came to save us because He wanted to commission us.
Matthew 9:35-36 says “Jesus traveled through all the towns and villages of that area, teaching in the synagogues and announcing the Good News about the Kingdom. And he healed every kind of disease and illness. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them because they were confused and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.” Jesus loved teaching so he taught everywhere, wherever His feet led Him. The word pastor actually came from the word “pastol” which means shepherd in English. The pastor is the shepherd of the church.
Do you ever see people who simply wander about, not knowing where they are going? Are we compassionate like Jesus? Do we make an effort to reach out to them? Do you wonder why Jesus did not take us to heaven the moment we received Him in our life? Because He still has a mission for us. So what did Jesus do? In Matthew 9:37, Jesus said to his disciples, “The harvest is great, but the workers are few.” How many of you have had answered prayers? Don’t you think it is time that we answer Jesus’ prayer too? We have the power to answer Jesus’ prayer with a yes. This is an invitation to regain our focus and set our eyes back into the harvest field.
This is urgent because:
1. Jesus is coming soon and we have limited time. These verses state this fact:
Rev. 3:11 “I am coming soon.”
Heb. 10:37 “For in just a little while, the Coming One will come and not delay.”
James 5:9 “Don’t grumble about each other, brothers and sisters, or you will be judged. For look—the Judge is standing at the door!”