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Bible Study   9:00
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Scott Richardson

 

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Admonisher

                                                                                                        April 17, 2016


Am I a Worker?



Meanwhile the disciples were urging Him, saying, “Rabbi, eat.” But He said to them, “I have food to eat that you do not know about.” So the disciples were saying to one another, “No one brought Him anything to eat, did he?” Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me and to accomplish His work. “Do you not say, ‘There are yet four months, and then comes the harvest’? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look on the fields, that they are white for harvest. (John 4:31-35)



God is certainly a worker. His deeds are glorious—so glorious that our meager vocabulary can’t begin to do them justice. “Great is the LORD, and highly to be praised, And His greatness is unsearchable. One generation shall praise Your works to another, And shall declare Your mighty acts. On the glorious splendor of Your majesty And on Your wonderful works, I will meditate. Men shall speak of the power of Your awesome acts, And I will tell of Your greatness” (Psalm 145:3-6). There is the wonder of His creation of all things physical. There is the overwhelming grandeur of His plan for man’s redemption.

Christ was a worker when present on this earth. He was born into a working family and was a worker Himself: “Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, and brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon? Are not His sisters here with us?” (Mark 6:3). Beyond being one who worked with His hands, He went about doing all manner of good works. “You know of Jesus of Nazareth, how God anointed Him with the Holy Spirit and with power, and how He went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him” (Acts 10:38). He surely felt compassion for people in their physical needs. “And Jesus called His disciples to Him, and said, ‘I feel compassion for the people, because they have remained with Me now three days and have nothing to eat; and I do not want to send them away hungry, for they might faint on the way’” (Matthew 15:32). Even greater than this was the work He did because he felt compassion for the people in their spiritual needs. “Seeing the people, He felt compassion for them, because they were distressed and dispirited like sheep without a shepherd” (Matthew 9:36). In this same context it is seen that while traveling from place to place, His work in the physical realm was to draw attention to His teaching. “Jesus was going through all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every kind of disease and every kind of sickness” (Matthew 9:35). He taught about the kingdom. He taught of His own crucifixion and resurrection. He taught of discipleship and of those things expected of any who would be His disciples.

Christ gave specific instructions to His followers—a command to continue as His workers to carry the gospel to the entire world. Sometimes this is referred to as the great commission. “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age” (Matthew 28:19-20; cf. Mark 16:15-16). The gospel they preached would be the same gospel for every person in every place for every time (1Corinthians 4:17). To preach a different gospel would result in condemnation (Galatians 1:8-9). Can I possibly make the claim as a worker for the Lord if I don’t work—if I don’t proclaim His same message at every opportunity?
 


Have Compassion?
 


What is my attitude toward the lost? Is it like the attitude of Jesus? How do we view our neighbors, coworkers, classmates, relatives, and others who are not Christians?

Wrong attitudes will stop the glad tidings of good things! (Romans 10:15). Those attitudes stand in the way of our making attempts to share the message. Are the lost “heathen” who are too “far gone” in their sins? This was the attitude of the Pharisees (Matthew 9:11). Do we look upon sinners and prejudge them as unworthy candidates for the gospel before they have even heard it? Do we think that some are probably all right anyway, though they believe and espouse things contrary to God’s word? We often refuse to even think about it because it is too unpleasant to imagine our fellow man spending an eternity in Hell (Matthew 13:41-42,49-50).

With the right attitude we will have ([and create] the enthusiasm that we need to have to go spread God’s word on a regular basis. Our attitude will be right if we learn this truth and learn it well: each person has a soul that needs saving. Unless people obey the gospel and remain faithful to God, they will be eternally lost (2Thessalonians 1:8-9; Hebrews 3:12-14). Have a greater concern for a person’s soul than for his physical well-being.

Jesus had great compassion for the lost because He understood that the people were lost in their sins and they needed the Savior. We must have compassion for the lost—that must rule our hearts. No animosity, ill will, prejudice, indifference, or harsh prejudgment existed in Christ. Can it exist in us if we are His workers? Not if we are to imitate Him who came “to seek and to save that which was lost” (Luke 19:10).

Many times compassion stops at friends or relatives. There is no evidence that Christ spent more energy toward saving close, personal friends or family members. Jesus said that whoever does God’s will is family (Matthew 12:46-50). Salvation of everyone is of great concern to Him (2Peter 3:9). Our attitude toward all lost people should be the same.

Paul is a fine example of a worker who understood his work. He had compassion for the lost. He expressed a deeply intense and genuine desire for the salvation of the Israelites (Romans 9:1-3). Like Paul in regard to his entire nation, our hearts ought to be stirred to know that people in our own community will die in their sins because they did not hear, believe, and obey the gospel.
 


I Don’t Know How to Work!
 


It has been said that for many Christians today, the Great Commission has become the Great Omission in their lives. Many simply are not dedicated to the work. Many churches claim to be evangelistic, but most of their members are not personally involved in the work of getting out the gospel message. Too many have no desire for the work. Thankfully, there are others who want to do more work than they are doing at present.

Many times, it is not a question of desire, but a question of how. Are you concerned that you will not know what to say when the opportunity comes? Are you afraid that you will say something the wrong way and drive people away?

The work of proclaiming the gospel is not something we must figure out on our own. God has given us the instructions we need on how to teach! God’s word equips us for every good work that He has asked us to do, including evangelism (2Timothy 3:16-17). We must guard against putting our trust in man’s wisdom and man-made techniques and gimmicks (1Corinthians 1:20-21). We must put our trust solely in God’s word which has the power to save (Romans 1:16). Only the Bible can prepare us for reaching and teaching the lost. So, what do I do to be a good worker? Commit yourself to Bible study. If you have an earnest desire to spread the gospel in your community, you must be willing to give yourself fully to study. Study has a three-fold purpose: 1) to build faith, 2) to have an answer, and 3) to learn from example.

Maintaining our faith and building it up is essential to being a worker. Faith is critical to the courage we need to do the work. It will motivate us to speak up. We must read God’s word daily—spending time with His word is where faith comes from (Romans 10:17).

“But sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence” (1Peter 3:15). How can we be ready to give a defense unless we study God’s word? Workers should know what they believe and why they believe it—use book, chapter, and verse from Scripture. This does not mean that we must have absolute complete knowledge on every subject. We must do our best to be prepared. At least know the scriptures regarding the plan of salvation and the first principles of God (Hebrews 5:12-14).

Bible study is important to see the good example of Jesus and also the fellow workers from the first century. We can follow their example today. In God’s word, great importance is placed on following their good example in our work (Philippians 4:9; 1Corinthians 11:1; 4:17; 1Peter 2:21).

Are you a worker? Let the message of Jesus be heard in your life and work.

—S. Scott Richardson Sr.


 


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