“37 Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few; 38 therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest”.
There are so many areas in which God wants to use his children in this world. We as his children must be obident in working as laborers in his harvest. As the scripture says the harvest is plentiful (so many work to be done here on earth) but the laborers are few. Many of us don’t allow God to use us completely. As we pray let us ask God (the Lord of the harvest) to send his children to work unto his honour and glory. Following only as instrusted by God.
–let us be used by God
“God has built into creation a cycle of rest and renewal. What looks like death to us is rest to God. And just as rest is preparation for renewal, death is preparation for resurrection…..death is a temporary condition and its purpose is to prepare for new life, a new beginning, for something even better. -(Our Daily Bread Devotional, May 25, 2016).
“And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we not give up. So, then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith”. -Galatians 6:9-10
Never get tired of doing what God asks and expects of you. Although it maybe difficult at times to always be obedient, never give up on doing what is good. The scripture encourages and reminds us as children of God to always do what is right in the Lord, especially to your fellow bothers and sisters in Christ. I encourage everyone who reads this passage to continuously encourage one another. Pray for each other, respect each other and do good unto each other always. Love and cherish your brother and sister and share one another’s burdens. For those “who sows to the spirit will from the spirit reap eternal life”. -Galatians 6:8
– Do good unto one another, and God will bless us accordingly
“But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness”. -Hebrews 3:13 NIV
We all need a little encouragement every now and then. Maybe you’re in need of some encouraging words to help you through a loss, or some advice on making a decision. Regardless of the reason, Hebrews 3:13 tells us to “encourage one another daily”. God wants for his children to encourage each other, not only when we need it, but everyday. He wants us to encourage one another through prayer, words of kindness, laughter, peace and many other ways.
In 1 Thessalonians 4:1-12 followers of Jesus encouraged one another to continue to follow the Lord and to love as Christ had taught to love. During the early church, the lifestyle of unbelievers were similar if not the same as unbelievers today. So, God instructed his people on how to live a life of example. God’s instructions were to “love one another more and more and to make it your ambition to lead a quiet life: You should mind your own business and work with your hands, just as we told you, so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody”. (vs 10-12).
God urges his children to live lives that are respectable enough to win over the unbelievers. In order to live such lives we must first begin by encouraging one another through love on a daily basis. When you see your fellow brother or sister down, in pain, hurting or struggling, intercede on his or her’s behalf. Pray for one another and stay connected to the church. Don’t be afraid to call one another for prayer, bible study, meaningful conversations that all demonstrate encouragement. When your brother or sister is experiencing uplifting moments in life, encourage one another by sharing those joyful moments. Be happy for each other!
God intends for the body to live as one. Stay encouraged by encouraging one another. In doing all these things and many more we are also demonstrating love that only Christ supplies. These are all what Gods asks of his children in order to live lives that may win the respect of outsiders. As we live according the the word, we will discover that we don’t need things of this world to keep us encouraged. We as children of God are our brothers encouragement.
–Is there someone you can encourage today?
Isaiah 49: 16 says “I have engraved you on the palms of my hands”.
Sometimes when we are going through situations in life, we think that God’s forgotten about us. Personally, this is a feeling I experience when I am distressed and going through personal battles. However, Isaiah 49:16 reminds us all that God has not forgotten about us. He is working things out and is working in our favours. I encourage you to mediate on this verse and use it as a daily reminder that God is always with you. Whenever you fell alone, forgotten or disillusioned, know that God is fighting your battles and is always with you.
-God never forgets us
“pray continually” 1 Thessalonians 5:17
Prayer is important and is an intimate communion with the Lord. Although we may experience moments in which we find great difficulty praying, the word reminds us to “pray continually”. Pray when you don’t feel like praying! God wants us to pray about everything. He wants us to come to him with all our needs. We are encouraged set aside time during our day to speak with God. Especially those times when we feel lost, alone, or when we feel we can’t pray. Never stop praying! God is a personal being and just like our relationships, God wants us to build a close and personal relationship with him through prayer.
Praying also allows us to release anything that may have a strong hold over us. Whether it be stress, our jobs, our finances, etc. Praying gives us the opportunity to cast all our worries and burdens unto God. We allow God complete control over all our problems and allows him to take care of us.
As we “pray continually” we grow in Christ. The more we pray the less we have to worry about. Continuous prayers eliminates the feeling of not being able to pray. Prayer becomes apart of our daily routine.
-There is never a day when we don’t need to pray. (The Daily Bread Devotional, 2016).
2 Corinthians 1:4 says 4 who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God”. -NIV
The scripture says that we can comfort those in need with the same comfort we ourselves receive from God. How beautiful is it to know that comforting someone else during their trails and troubles is exactly what God wants of us.
I know what many people are thinking. How can I comfort someone when I need comforting myself? God answers this question for us in 2 Corinthians 1: 3-7 where he reminds us that he is our true comforter. Verse 5 says “For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ”. When we give our lives to Christ, we become one in his name. Meaning that we share everything with him. Therefore, Just as we share our pain we also share joy and comfort with our Lord and Saviour.
Likewise, as christ comforts us through our troubles, he wants us to also comfort others in need. God doesn’t use the happiest individuals to comfort those in need, he uses everyday people like you and I. Sometimes we have to set aside what we are facing to be that blessing and comfort for others. After all, God is comforting us as we comfort others.
I encourage everyone to reach out to others in need and be that blessing in their lives today. Despite what you’re going through, shine the light of Christ and be apart of that healing for someone.
–Comfort received should be comfort shared. (Daily Bread Devotional, 2016)
Song of encouragement: “It is well with my Soul”