Jubilee Weekly October 17, 2017

“Jubilee’s Calling”

God’s work done in God’s way will never lack God’s blessing. This is a Biblical principle that we see running all the way through the Scriptures. The mandate for our “individual and corporate calling is found in Matthew 28: 18-20, where our Lord said –
“And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.

Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.

This command was given by Jesus Christ to His disciples. It was not a suggestion. Bottom line, this would read, “And as you are going, make disciples of all nations.” Do you really love the Lord? Do you have family and friends, that you long to see come to know and love the Savior as you do?

God never intended that we should hide or horde the good news of His unconditional love and forgiveness through Jesus Christ. We are to share His good news with others. Personally, I do not know of any greater joy than to introduce someone to Christ. Just before His ascension to heaven, He told disciples, “You shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”

Recently one of our men appeared in my office doorway with a young man behind him. He had recently started attending nCourage and was hoping to connect with one of their pastors. I tried to help him connect with them but was unsuccessful. At that point he wanted to know if I had time to talk to him, and I said, “Sure.”

He was in a world of hurt and I just let him share and I listened. At a certain point I asked if he had ever invited Christ to come into his heart and life, and he said, “No.” I took him through a little booklet called, “Knowing God Personally.”

A short time later he was praying and surrendering his life to Christ. It was powerful! He was born again spiritually. I gave him some guidance about his new life and put him in touch with an nCourage pastor on Sunday.

Each time I see him, I ask how he is doing and his response is, “It is strange. I find myself actually talking to God.” He is a disciple of Jesus Christ. A disciple is a learner, a trainee or an apprentice. In this case, of Jesus Christ.

In 2 Timothy 2: 2, the Apostle Paul wrote to the young pastor and said, “And the things you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.”

In 2 Cor. 5: 20, Paul declared, “Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us, we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God.” Do you see yourself as one of Christ’s ambassadors?

Ambassadors are appointed to represent, in this case, the LORD, to those He sends to us. It could be a family member, a friend, a neighbor, co-worker, stranger, etc.

We have news that our Commander -in-Chief wants them to hear.

In Romans 10, we have some very thought-provoking statements:
• Vs. 13, “For whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved.”
• Vs. 14, “How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher?
• Vs. 15, “And how shall they preach unless they are sent? As it is written ‘How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace; who bring glad tidings of good things!”

Do you have beautiful feet?
Wherever you walk, do you look for an opportunity to share the good news about Jesus? The Apostle Peter gave the following admonition in 1 Peter 3: 15, “But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear.”

If someone should ask you why you are a Christian and how to become a Christian, what would you say? If we are truly in love with Jesus and living for Him, it will show. People will be inquisitive. I hope you will gently share with them how you received Christ, why you received Him and the difference He is making in your life.

It is God’s plan that we be born again to reproduce. In John 15, Jesus said in verse 8, “By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so, you will be My disciples.”

Will you begin to pray that God will use you to win at least one person between now and the end of the year? Let’s glorify the Father by sharing Christ with others.

With you in the harvest,

Pastor Leonard