BRING THEM IN

…should we not, out of gratitude and out of love, volunteer to work with Him and for Him?

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In John 5, Jesus healed a man who had been held back by sickness for about 38 years. But instead of rejoicing in the power of God manifested in Jesus Christ, the Jews accused him of breaking the law by working on a Sabbath.

In his response, Jesus made a statement in John 5:17 that gives an insight into how diligent Christ was about his earthly ministry and how seriously He approached the work of the Kingdom.He said, “My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I, too, am working.”

Indeed, Jesus was diligent about the work of the Kingdom while He was here on earth. And what is more, Jesus is still working.

Jesus is still working? Yes, even now that He has been glorified after His resurrection, after His ascension, after His coronation, Jesus, our Lord, is still working.

Here’s what Hebrews 7:25 says: “therefore He is able to save completely those who come to God through Him,because He always lives to intercede for them.” Did you hear that? He always lives to intercede for us,meaning that he is still at work. And, of course, the fruits of His work are evident, aren’t they?

Dearly beloved, because of the work of Christ, you have what I call the three ‘A’s.You have access, assistance and assurance.You have access to God, direct access to God in prayer, direct access to the throne of mercy.You have assistance; the assistance of God’s HolySpirit in your day to day life. And you have assurance; the assurance of salvation and the assurance of eternity.

So if the diligent work of Christ, the ongoing diligent work of Christ has resulted for us in such unquantifiable blessings, should we not, out of gratitude and out of love, should we not volunteer to work with Him, to work with and for Christ in the ongoing and unending work of the Kingdom?

Christ is hiring.Christ is hiring. He wants labourers to go to the field. And if you will listen, you will hear Him:

Hark! ‘Tis the Shepherd’s voice I hear,
Out in the desert dark and drear,
Calling the sheep who’ve gone astray,
Far from the Shepherd’s fold away.


Bring them in, bring them in,
Bring them in from the fields of sin;
Bring them in, bring them in,
Bring the wandering ones to Jesus.
 – Alexcenah Thomas

Dear listeners, let us, in addition to our other resolutions, find a way to work in God’s Kingdom as the human agents of Christ. Let us find a way to work in His Kingdom as the human agents of Christ for helping others find their way to Jesus. Your calling may not be to be an evangelist, a pastor, or a missionary, but one, you can pray. You can identify that one person or group of persons who need the Savior, pray for them, intercede on their behalf, and you will be surprised what the Holy Spirit will do to bring them into the kingdom.

Two, you can invite people to your church. You may not need to preach long sermons.You may only need to pray and then make an invitation: Would you like to fellowship with us?

Three, you can give you can give to missionary causes. You can give to evangelical causes and let your money go where you cannot go.

And four, you can be the light.You can be the light, that bright, shining light that, without many words,draws the world to Christ. What is not acceptable what is not acceptable is to refuse to join in the work of Christ.The diligent work of Christ saved you and gave you all the privileges you enjoy. Should you not then join Him in bringing others to the fold? Should you not answer his call to:

Bring them in, bring them in,
Bring them in from the fields of sin;
Bring them in, bring them in,
Bring the wandering ones to Jesus
.

Let us pray.

Lord, we thank you for bringing us into the fold of your kingdom.Please impress on our hearts the things wecan do, whether they be great or small,to bring others into your kingdom.Grant us the grace to follow the example of our Lord who is always at the work of the kingdom so much so that we will always hear and respond to His voice saying, 

Bring them in, bring them in,
Bring them in from the fields of sin;
Bring them in, bring them in,
Bring the wandering ones to Jesus
.

We ask in the name ofour Lord, and Saviour, Jesus Christ.