I’d like to Go and Preach the Word of God

You know, in my 20’s I used to be a preacher of the gospel. Not having the responsibility of family, it was pretty easy to “Go into all the world and preach the gospel”. I did that as much as I was able and I believe the results were fruitful.

Now that I am in my mid 40’s, blessed as I am with a lovely wife and two gorgeous daughters, the same desire to preach and bring the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ to people still burns within my heart. But I am not going any more in the same way to the lost and dying. Two Scriptures come to mind:

Romans 10:14  How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher?
Romans 10:15  And how shall they preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “HOW BEAUTIFUL ARE THE FEET OF THOSE WHO PREACH THE GOSPEL OF PEACE, WHO BRING GLAD TIDINGS OF GOOD THINGS!”

and

 But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd.
 Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few.
Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.”  (Matthew 9:36-38)

I regularly get emails from needy missions in Africa and Pakistan especially, people who would love me to come out at my own expense and preach, and give money, and support their projects. I understand that, its just that I can’t do it right now.

Folks, it is no longer possible for me to “send myself” in the financial sense, because I am responsible for the support of a family. God did send me before I believe, and also moved on people to help financially afterwards. It takes a gift of faith, a Word from God, at the very least. God will not send unless the prayers necessary are going to be there.

There has been a huge trend towards outsourcing in the last two decades, and I think we have also outsourced the preaching of the gospel to the lowest bidder for the job.

I’ve done what I can do to reach people by setting up this website and a small Christian TV network.

Please let us pray that God will send out workers into His harvest field. I am available, but if God is not willing at this time to send me, or others like me, maybe its because there is a lack of the prayer Jesus commanded us to pray, and therefore a resulting lack of people willing to give/send. Clearly this requires more than human sympathy, it requires the action of God. I mean to say, I am really thankful for all I have, and for what the LORD has allowed me to do in the past. I have to put all that behind me now for the time being.

Maybe I can tell myself that I am really “called to business” or something like that. I’m sure there will be no lack of people to tell me about Paul and his tents.

Its very hard to get away from the sense of call if you have it. Its hard to get excited about making money through giving people what they want in this natural life. Its a lot easier to succeed if you are passionate about the thing you are doing.

 

What do YOU think?

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About Michael Fackerell

The Christian faith is about Jesus. He came to save the lost. About Jesus Christ, Bible teaching, Testimonies, Salvation, Prayer, Faith, Networking.

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  1. onecross31 says:

    The burning desire to reach the lost should be in every heart of every Christian around the world. Unfortunately this is not the case, instead we a few that are dedicated to the cause of spreading the gospel message. I think it’s important to do what you can right where you are. One doesn’t need to go to a far away land to fulfill the great commission. It all starts right where we live and spreads like a chain letter from Jesus. Don’t feel like you are not doing anything unless you’re not. Be the light that shines in a dark world, and consider that you are a walking bible for the lost that are right close to where you live. You never know your next door neighbor may be lost and in need of those beautiful feet that carry the gospel. Let that fire get out of control and spread all over your town, let it burn to the point that it’s all you can do. Real Christians with a real calling on their lives is what the church needs desperately as we are in the last days. Love the m like Jesus. 

  2. I accepted Christ last year, after being Muslim for 5 years. From the time I accepted Christ at the alter of a small Christian Church, the Pastor, who did not know me told me that there was a call on my life to Ministry. I have always had a way with words – I am a strong writer and many friends even say that I can persuade anyone with words. Lately the Holy Spirit has been ministering to me a call to Minister to the Youths – children of all ages are my joy, although I have none of my own. Lately, I walk the same streets I have always walked and the poor and destitute pain my heart in ways that I have never felt before. I actually feel my spirit trying to leap out of my body to help and my body just remains in place – unwilling and afraid to reach out. For the past few weeks I have been ministering to my niece and nephew – both at the ages of adolescences. It is amazing the attention they pay to me when we study the word together and even the transformation in my niece since we have started. The boy remains a task because his parents aren’t supporting this struggle with me… they do not ensure that discipline is laid down and allow him to do as he pleases – I only have so much control but I feel renewed and satisfied when I minister to the youths. I wonder, is Ministry truly my calling….

    • Dear Abby Rey,

       

      Great to hear from you. I would bring these matters before the Lord seriously in prayer, but it sounds to me like God has given you the heart and the ability for communicating His truth. Keep doing it and see how the Lord will open doors!

    • Sorry but what was your faith before those five years?

  3. michael says:

    I’d like feedback from my facebook friends on this issue. Maybe some of you are feeling the same way.

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