Hebrews 9:14, How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?
This is such a great passage and a great reminder to start off your Lord’s Day with, as I did this morning. This passage is one of many scriptures that remind us that we are not simply saved to have our sins forgiven, to have our names written down in heaven, to become a part of the church, and to be called a Christian. We are not simply saved to have a good time, to enjoy the fellowship with our brothers and sisters, to go from conference to conference to get our spirit’s nourished. We are saved to serve!
Unfortunately, if we were to look at “the state of the church,” not only in America, but abroad, you would think we were saved to sit. There’s a whole lot of sitting going on every Sunday. Regrettably, the average Christian thinks that sitting in a church service, singing a few songs, dropping a few dollars in the offering plate, and listening to someone preach for thirty minutes is serving God!
We are saved by Christ to serve God (Hebrews 9:14; Ephesians 2:8-10; Titus 214-15; 3:5-8)! There’s a great harvest field that is ready to be harvested. There are souls that need to be saved. There are new believers that need to be discipled. There are hurting folks who need to be helped. That’s why we’re here. That’s why we were saved!
If you have been a Christian long enough you, like me, have heard (or preached) sermon after sermon decrying the great need for more laborers to get invloved with the work of the harvest. You have heard about the need in your Jerusalem, your Judea, your Samaria, and the uttermost parts of the earth (can anyone say 1040 Window?).
Nearly 2,000 years ago, Jesus made it clear that the potential harvest was great but the laborers were few. It’s a bit different today than it was during the time of Christ. Today, in churches all over America and around the world there are tens of millions of laborers, or should I say, potential laborers. Churches all over America and around the world are filled with potential laborers. They are filled with people who have settled for being spectators, rather than participants for the cause of Christ. Folks, who are comfortable with sitting, rather than consumed with serving!
It’s time we quit sitting and start serving! It’s time we take the church outside the four walls of our sanctuaries and into the great harvest fields of life!
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. – Matthew 9:36-37