OPEN HEAVEN DEVOTIONAL
DATE: SUNDAY MAY 15TH 2022
THEME: CHURCH WORKER OR FAITHFUL LABOURER?
MEMORISE: Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest. Matthew 9:38
READ: Matthew 9:35 -38
35 And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people.
36 But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd.
37 Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few;
38 Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest.
It is not difficult to find Church workers, but it is difficult to find faithful laborers. The Church is constantly teeming with men and women who are interested in working for the Lord. However, the Lord is not looking for workers who only want to show the world that they are serving the God; instead He seeks faithful laborers who will indeed be committed to winning the souls into the kingdom through their various services in the church.
In memory verse for today, Jesus tells His disciples to pray to God to send labourers to do the work.Jesus is interested in people who will be committed to the saving of the lost. They are the kind of workers who, even if they are cleaners in Church, would be praying over each seat in the Church auditorium as they clean, praying that those who sit there would be transformed by the word of God. Such workers would pray that anybody who would attend the service that day without having given his or her life to Christ would do so before leaving the Church. Such people, as ushers, would not only be interested in looking good on Sundays, but praying to God to direct each person to the seat where the word can reach them without any hindrance or distraction.
People who do everything with one goal in mind will be brought into the light of Christ. There is the testimony of a man of God who died and enter the heaven. While he was on earth, he would conduct services, crusades, and meetings and there would be so many miracles, hearings and such a heavy presence of the Holy Spirit. In heaven he was shown why he had always experienced such success in his ministry. There was an old woman who always followed him about whenever he was holding a service; she would begin to intercede for him until the end of the meeting. The woman was so consecrated to God that her prayers were always like thunder in heaven. Jesus attributed the success of this man’s ministry to the silent labour of the faithful old woman.
God is looking for soulwinners, not just busy workers. God wants all men to be saved (1 Timothy 2:4).
Are you a workforce of the Lord? If not, you need to sign up today. If you are already in the Lord’s workforce, make sure you are a faithful laborer.
Heavenly Father, please make me a faithful laborer in Your vineyard in Jesus name.
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Ezra 4-7
AUTHOR: PASTOR E. A ADEBOYE
HYMN 28: WHEN WE WALK WIT THE LORD
1 When we walk with the Lord
in the light of his word,
what a glory he sheds on our way!
While we do his good will,
he abides with us still,
and with all who will trust and obey.
Trust and obey, for there’s no other way
to be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.
2 Not a burden we bear,
not a sorrow we share,
but our toil he doth richly repay;
not a grief or a loss,
not a frown or a cross,
but is blest if we trust and obey. [Refrain]
3 But we never can prove
the delights of his love
until all on the altar we lay;
for the favor he shows,
for the joy he bestows,
are for them who will trust and obey. [Refrain]
4 Then in fellowship sweet
we will sit at his feet,
or we’ll walk by his side in the way;
what he says we will do,
where he sends we will go;
never fear, only trust and obey. [Refrain]
United Methodist HymnalM, 1989