Friday, April 3, 2009

Matthew 9

Verses 10-11, "While Jesus was having dinner at Matthew's house, many tax collectors and 'sinners' came and ate with him and his disciples. When the Pharisees saw this, they asked his disciples, 'Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and 'sinners'?"

Verse 37-38, "Then he said to his disciples, 'The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.'"

Changed lives for eternity. Jesus doesn't want people to stay where they are, he wants them to move into a relationship with God through him. It doesn't matter who it is, everyone has immeasurable worth to God. EVERYONE. There are so many people in our region who need to hear this truth. I believe they long to hear it. So Jesus says to pray for people who will go out and invest and invite their friends, neighbors, co-workers, and family members to meet him right where they are.

That's what Easter is all about at Charter Oak Church, meeting people right where they are, no matter who they are and sharing the love of Jesus with them. I am asking God to do what only God can do in softening people's hearts to him. I am praying that people from our congregation will have the courage to invite those people in their circle of influence.

Then on Easter weekend I will share an incredible truth that everyone in this region needs to hear and it was for that reason that Jesus went to the cross and was raised from the dead.