Renewing the Vision God gave to your local church

Jesus’ concern for our lives and his ministry

35 And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people.

36 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.

37 Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few;

38 Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest.

 (Matthew 9)

Gaining popularity in Capernaum meant so little to Jesus. He was more concerned for those that did not hear the Good News and the Kingdom of God. He developed a strategy that can easily be followed by each one of our ministries and churches. Please, remember, it is comfortable to stay inside our office and buildings. There is so much to restore and repair inside our church office, plus, there is so many of our members to visit and disciple, that we can easily run out of time and energy instead of caring for those that are away. The most important issue is that JESUS WENT. He decided to try first-hand what was happening around Him.

          Yes, he went as a circuit rider. From town to village. He did not post a sign in front of the major synagogue and advertise “night of healing, bring your sick to the power of God” Jesus was not expecting them to come to him, he went to them. In Matthew 28, the first words in the Great Commission are “Therefore, Go…” some have translated “as you go.” It does not say “wait for them” or “set a program” it sends us. Jesus went where people were. Saw them sick and scattered, He listened to them.

Therefore, he ministered to them. Teaching and healing, bringing God’s word closer, in a language they could understand (maybe Aramaic) and showing God’s power and compassion as he healed many of them. It was a two-side fold of God’s love to his people. God is concerned about them, so the message flows with action, power and health. Sometimes I wonder, how can I show love to those that listen to me preach. How can my faith in God be visible or His power? How can my preaching be practical and my faith tangible?

          This preaching with action generated a response in Israel. The people came, multitudes listened and followed Jesus. So, he felt the need. He saw how they behaved and was moved. Tenderness came from his heart and compassion developed in His spirit. He could not see the people and feel compelled to continue preaching and healing. There was something that needed to change, and his Spirit was moved to love them broader.

          So, Jesus told his disciples to pray. Pray, pray, pray to the Lord of the Harvest. He owns every worker, he knows where every labourer is, what he or she needs to come into action and specially when will they come to serve. So, before asking for resumes and advertising for vacant positions, he instructed them to pray for this labourers.

          Are we following Jesus model for His vision? Do we rely on prayer to obtain results? Someone said once: He who does not beg God enough, ends up begging men too much. We can ask God or ask men. It is our choice. We can ask God to show his glory or chase men to give us their kindness.

Please, help me pray for three churches that are praying for their senior pastor, others looking for staff, youth, music ministers and lay leaders also.

Churches searching for Senior Pastor: China Grove First, Enon Baptist, and Stallings Memorial. 

Please, pray for a strong movement of God’s spirit in every congregation, reverence, humbleness, and a strong desire to be led by God and not only by feelings or our traditions.

Pray that the only way to explain what God is doing, will be His Glory. That we have no words to explain the results, but to look upon Him.

Pray for restoration and compassion among all our churches, for those that walk away from God, so we can reach them with words and actions, like Jesus did.

          Pray for our willingness to GO and not only to wait for the lost to come to us.

 

Your local missionary,

 

Jonas Perez

Director of Missions