Jesus traveled through all the cities and villages of that area, teaching in the synagogues and announcing the Good News about the Kingdom. And wherever He went, he healed people of every sort of disease and illness, He felt great pity for the crowds that came, because their problems were so great and they did not know where to go for help. They were like sheep without a shepherd.
He said to his disciples, “The harvest is so great, but the workers are so few. So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask him to send out more workers for his fields.”Matthew 9:35-38
The great call for field workers has been declared throughout the ages. Some have answered, but so very few. I would guess less than one per cent of Believers. Why? Could it be we have allowed the culture of the Kingdom of Darkness to invade the Church (the Body of Christ, Believers, not a denomination, nor the building where we gather) to the point that the culture of the Church no longer shares the heart of Jesus Christ, God Himself?
Our culture is what we believe. What we believe is a result of what or the way we think. For quite a while now, verse 36 has leapt off of the page for me. I believe this verse presents the heart, even the mind, the emotions, and the feelings of the God man, Jesus Christ.
“He felt great pity for them.” Why? “Because their problems were so great and they did not know where to go for help.
Amazing isn’t it? Not much has changed. My spirit within me grieves when I look at humanity and much of the Church, Believers. Why? “Because their problems are so many, and they do not know where to go for help.” Lord help us to shout from the housetops and to declare with everything that is within us that the Kingdom of God is here and to explain what it is and how it works.
The Kingdom of God is the government, the plan, the system that God Himself as Jesus Christ delivered to the Earth so that humanity could live in relationship with Him and have the ability to call all of Heaven to Earth to impact the outcomes of our lives. The Kingdom of God rules over everything. No situation, no circumstance, no relationship nor the defeated Satan nor any of his forces in the Kingdom of Darkness can overrule or conquer this Kingdom, nor its Citizens. It is an eternal, everlasting Kingdom that smashes all other Kingdoms into pieces. It works when we are engaged in its laws, values, and principles. And, when we engage and dispatch the Angel Armies of God, the Heavenly Hosts, those who do battle for our King and His Kingdom and its Citizens. They are ministering spirits who are sent to perform the Word of our God in our lives. “How shall we escape if we neglect or do not engage the wonderful Armies of Heaven who are waiting for our instructions based on His Word?” I would hasten to say it is impossible to live victoriously on Earth as Jesus Himself described we should live, without our calling on and engaging all of Heaven that has been provided for us, and that we have access to everyday, every second of our lives.
The Kingdom principle for today from this parable:
Be different, be salt and be light. Paul told the Roman believers to not think like the world thinks, but to allow God to change the way they thought to be like He (God) thinks. He told them to renew their minds by the Words of our God, and to do so however often it took to accomplish thinking like He thinks. Interestingly, Paul said that would make knowing His will simple and easy to understand. That is a huge part of the “restoration” message and experience provided by the resurrection of Christ. The blood provides “redemption,” but the resurrection provides “restoration.” We as the Church must become better at preaching and teaching and living in the restoration we have in Christ, so they may see and know He is alive. Glory to His Name.