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Behold, The Kingdom Of God Is At Hand!

Luke 10:2 (KJV) Therefore said he unto them, The harvest truly is great, but the laborers are few: pray ye, therefore, the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth laborers into his harvest.

Things within our global society have shifted greatly during the past three and one-half years. To be perfectly honest, things have changed greatly during the past four to five months. Things have shifted so greatly that when reading online material, I have read the social media sites of many people who are begin the Lord to return soon. This would lead one to believe that they were the social media sites of a Believer of Christ.

Last week, at first glance, I was ready to agree with them. This was until the Holy Spirit reminds me of what Paul said in his Epistle to the Philippians, which says:

Philippians 1:19-26 (KJV) For I know that this shall turn to my salvation through your prayer, and the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ, 20 According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death. 21 For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. 22 But if I live in the flesh, this is the fruit of my labor: yet what I shall choose I wot not. 23 For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better: 24 Nevertheless to abide in the flesh is more needful for you. 25 And having this confidence, I know that I shall abide and continue with you all for your furtherance and joy of faith; 26 That your rejoicing may be more abundant in Jesus Christ for me by my coming to you again.

The key verses to focus upon here are vv. 20-24. Paul is discussing his struggle between his desire to be with Christ and his desire to continue to assist the Believers at Philippi with their relationship with Christ. Paul’s thought and rationale have remained at the forefront of my mind since then. Why? Because I, too, am struggling with a desire as a Believer (who is African American) for my life to conclude so I can be with Jesus and my strong desire to see others come to salvation through Christ. In the end, my struggle began to lean heavily to my desire to see more lives come to Christ instead of my desire to leave this world.

This spiritual revolution has shifted my perspective on life so that my written thoughts and messages have been impacted as well. How so? Since resolving my inner conflict, I have been focused solely upon talking and writing about the state of the world, the role that Believers should play (according to Scripture), and more importantly, the return of Christ to whomsoever is willing to listen. I believe that God has used the current events to help myself and others to refocus our priorities upon the Kingdom’s agenda and the His Great Commission. In other words, He is asking us to choose sides instead of straddling the fence with our messages to a lost and dying world.

This leads us to today’s Scripture in Luke’s gospel. In today’s Scripture, Jesus is preparing to send his followers to expand upon His ministry in the surrounding communities. He said to them:

Luke 10:2 (KJV) Therefore said he unto them, The harvest truly is great, but the laborers are few: pray ye, therefore, the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth laborers into his harvest.

Jesus’ message was simple: As you go forth in My name, pray that the Father would provide more people who are committed to serving Him and the Kingdom agenda because the world is hungering and thirsting for something to fill the void with that humanity has lived with since the Fall of humanity in the Garden of Eden (Gen. 3:1-24). Why did Jesus feel the need to render this as an imperative to His followers? Because when His followers understood His true identity of being the Messiah Israel had been waiting for, they were expecting Him to overturn Rome’s governmental rule. But Jesus knew there was much more at stake than establishing His earthly kingdom at the point in time. This included God’s salvific plan in regards to all of His creation through Christ’s death and resurrection.

This is the same message Jesus is speaking to us today. As Jesus sends us forth, He is instructing us to look at the world through His eyes instead of our own. Instead of seeing chaos and destruction, Jesus is showing us that although it would be better for us to leave this world and be with Him, it also needful that we remain because there are souls who have not had the opportunity to meet Him as their Lord and Savior. In other words, Jesus wants us to adopt the mindset of the Kingdom, which is to focus our attention upon spreading the Gospel of the Kingdom. By embracing this stance, we are in essence saying, “Lord, Your Kingdom come. Your will be done. As in Heaven, so in earth” (Lk. 11:2).6

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