Matthew 10:7-8

As you go, preach, saying, "the kingdom of heaven is at hand."
Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely give.

When Jesus said "the harvest is ripe" He wasn't kidding.

Today we went to a rehab center across from the hospital. I brought my keyboard and led worship for about an hour, shared some words of encouragement, and prayed for everyone one by one.

At times I was overwhelmed with compassion for these people, we had between 15-20  come out, all sitting in wheelchairs. WOW, instant harvest field, we didn't see any instant miracles but we'll go back in a few and see what's happened.

What a joy to enter into worship with these forgotten friends, many are believers, and as we shared a common love for the Lord and His word, they lit up with His presence as His kingdom is a tangible reality.

We as the church many times put such value on people who have "something" to offer and don't realize that dishonoring the poor is a serious violation in the kingdom.

Maybe our culture has influenced us more than we know, think about it, most churches that have outreach programs today offer little more than what our government has to offer, food, clothing, housing and programs.

If we don't bring more than what our government on this earth has to offer we've really missed it. We have a mandate to bring the good news of the kingdom and a demonstration of the kingdom, and yes that requires sacrifice on our part.
Meeting basic needs is a good thing, but should never be a substitute for the reality of the kingdom

One of the questions I'm always asked when there is, "when are you coming back?".
That always hits me pretty hard, and I realize the harvest truly is ripe, but the laborers are few.

I'm believing for God's kingdom to be established here in a spectacular way. The gospel of the kingdom is not an idea, program, or concept, it's something we turn loose on people.

Your kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth just as it is in heaven!


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