Live Second – Where my workers at?

January 18, 2013 under Unlikely Christian
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So, a couple months back, I AM SECOND asked me to guest blog in their “60-Days-of-Second” campaign to promote their new book, “Live Second: 365 Ways to Make Jesus First.”  I was assigned ‘Week 10’ from the book and asked to write 4 posts, which would be featured on their official blog in December.

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Here’s is number 4.

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“The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few.  Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.”Luke 10:2

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Eww…..I don’t like that verse.

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“Wait…..did he just say he didn’t like a verse in the Bible?!?”

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“I did indeed.”

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“Wait…..did he just say indeed?  Nobody talks like that, let’s get him!!!”

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“Hold up, let’s take a good look at this scripture and what it means.  “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few.”  What is the harvest?  The harvest is the lost, the people out there that don’t know Jesus. Who are the workers?  Christians are the workers.  So take the harvest analogy out of this verse and it’s, “The number of people who don’t know Christ is large, but the number of Christians willing to reach out to them is little.” 

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“Eww…..Right?”

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“Eww, indeed.”

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So what’s up with that? 

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“The problem is not in the harvest; the harvest is ready.  It’s the workers; it’s us.  We need to get to work.”Live Second – Week 10, Day 7

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 “We need to get to work.”

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Well alright then, time to get out there and share my faith with……Whoa, hold on there big guy.  You sure you want to do that?  I mean, you do that and you’re out there.  That’s some toothpaste that can’t be put back in the tube, if you know what I mean.  You start sharing your faith and there’s a pretty good chance they’re going to think you’re one of them ‘crazy’ Jesus fanatics.  And once you’re labeled that…..I mean, say goodbye to hearing the “good” jokes, the party invites etc….

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Hmm……..

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Which of the following is most important to you?

A.  A “good” joke

B.  A party invite

C.  A saved life

D.  What others think about me

E.  Comfort

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“Well that’s easy, I’m a Christian so I’m going to go with C – A saved life.”

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“Is that your final answer?”

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“Yes, that’s my final answer.”

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“Okay……..The question was “Which of the following is more important to you?”  You answered C – A saved life……………Ohhhhhh, I’m sorry, the correct answer is D – What others think about me.  We would’ve also accepted E – Comfort.”

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“Wait…….What?!?!?!  How can that be?!?”

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“Okay…….Well thanks for being a contestant on “Based on my Actions!”

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Eww…..I don’t like that game show. 

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But isn’t there some solid truth there?  We know the right answers, but our actions tend to fall short in this area, so much so, that a scripture written back when there were only a handful of Christians as compared to today is just as relevant as ever.

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So workers, why are you few?  Why aren’t you out in the fields getting your harvest on?  What is it that’s been keeping you from sharing your life-giving faith to the lost?     

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Comfort.

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What others think about you.

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Your qualifications.

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Somebody else will take care of it.

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Sharing just isn’t my spiritual gift.

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Fear of rejection.

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I’m waiting for them to come to me.

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Not sure what to say.

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I’m an introvert.

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Whatever your excuse is, and I’ve used all of the above, it doesn’t excuse us from the work that needs to be done, the work that Jesus has called us to do.

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Christians, WE are it.  WE are the workers.  WE are Christ’s ambassadors; God makes his appeals through USWE are speaking for Christ, Himself when WE plead, “Come back to God!” – 2 Corinthians 5:20.  If WE don’t do it, it won’t get done.

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The number of people who don’t know Christ is plentiful, the number of people willing to reach out and share their faith with them is few. 

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WE need to change that.

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WE need to get to work.

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So…..“Where my workers at?”

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2 Timothy 2:15 NLT“Work hard so you can present yourself to God and receive his approval.  Be a good worker, one who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly explains the word of truth.”

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Hashtags:  #StakesAreHigh #WorkHard #LiveSecond

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