Never once did Jesus tell the Church,
"Pray for Revival". But He did say "Ask the Lord of
the harvest, therefore, to send out LABORERS into
his harvest field." ( Matthew 9:38)
In Christ's words, we see the need not just of 'pray
- ers', but we need 'WORKERS'! God wills to send
those who will "DO". Think of the Titanic and the
dreadful night of which it sank. Can you imagine
being one of the saved ones in the lifeboat, sitting
on it's hard-plank pews, singing hymns of thanks to
God above, and not caring about the salvation of
those perishing all around them? They have what they
need for the task: a boat which saves, a voice of
rescue to call out into the darkness, and hands to
reach out and pull others in from death to life! Too
often, the Church forgets it is a Lifeboat and
instead has formed itself into a Pleasure
Cruiseliner. If there is more talk on Sunday morning
about coffee latte's and how good the music made you
feel, than there is about reaching out to those
perishing, then something is wrong with the Church!
Noah built an ark with his hands and then preached
to those who were perishing (2 Peter 2:5)! And even
today, the Almighty has established His Church as a
Lifeboat which saves - but are we reaching and
One of my favorite hymns goes like this:
" Hark, the voice of Jesus calling,
"Who will go and work today?
Fields are white and harvests waiting,
Who will bear the sheaves away?"
Loud and long the master calls you;
Rich reward he offers free.
Who will answer, gladly saying,
"Here am I. Send me, send me"?
If you cannot speak like angels,
If you cannot preach like Paul,
You can tell the love of Jesus;
You can say he died for all.
If you cannot rouse the wicked
With the judgment’s dread alarms,
You can lead the little children
To the Savior’s waiting arms."
If you are saved and in the lifeboat, please, don't
just sit there, DO SOMETHING to call out and bring
in those who are perishing into the lifeboat of
Pastor Dan McQuality
Grace Lutheran Church