Steve Shoop, an Assemblies of God missionary and Engage International Director (http://www.engagemylife.com/), joined us today at Maltby Christian Assembly. He is a good friend and missional entrepreneur.
He reminded our church that the Spirit of God has empowered us to GO. Christ did not say to pray for the harvest – but for the workers of that harvest. The Bible reads, “And Jesus went throughout all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, ‘The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest'” (Matthew 9:35-38, ESV).
But we all at times wonder how God could use someone like us. But Shoop proposes, “It’s not what you bring to the table, it’s that you are at the table.” Are you willing to step out and meet people where they are already at? Even when you have no idea what to do next? Are you willing to do whatever it takes in obedience to the Cause of Christ? No matter the cost? Is my life defined by the commission to make disciples? How else am I able to make disciples if I am not willing to engage in relationship with those currently distant from Christ?
Speaking of Engage, I encourage you to check out Shoop’s website. His team is changing the way that our movement is shaping and sending global missionaries. I have already seen three of my former students participate in the two-year program. You might know of someone who has been compelled by the Call but has little idea of how to make it a reality. What if they could continue their college education AND enjoy ministry experience abroad? With Shoop’s help, they can.