Daily Devotional for Saturday August 30, 2003
The harvest is plentiful!
( Matthew 9:37,38 )
The harvest is plentiful! I have a secret to share with you today. The people in this world are looking for hope. The people in this world are searching for answers. The people in this world as just waiting for someone to show them the way. THE PEOPLE IN THIS WORLD ARE HUNGRY FOR JESUS!!!
I can honestly say that never before in over 11 years of ministry, have I been as excited and encouraged as I am today. Each day, app. 1/3 of the nearly 2 million people worldwide that we reach through Liveprayer.com are not Christians, or going to church. They are just normal people trying to get through the day to day trials of life, and realize that there MUST be more to life, and that something is missing. They have come to Liveprayer through family members, friends, co-workers, or schoolmates. That is why in just 48 months of being online, over 38,000 people that we know of have accepted Christ as their personal savior. Keep doing your part and sending people the Devotional and telling them about Liveprayer. GOD IS USING YOU TO IMPACT THEIR LIFE FOR ETERNITY!
After the first 26 weeks of the new Liveprayer television program on the UPN affiliate in Tampa Florida, we have already had 200 people that we know of who have accepted Jesus Christ into their hearts. OVER 50 OF THEM WERE SAVED LIVE ON THE AIR!!! You want to talk about reality television!!! Many more have called, and sent in emails that are lost, hurting, broken, and simply looking for the hope to get through the many problems that they are facing in their life.
I told one of the ministers on my staff that is overseeing the phone calls we get each night on the TV program, that this is like walking along side of a cornfield and the ears of corn are literally jumping off of their stalks and into our baskets!!! The reason I purposely chose to do this program on secular TV, purposely chose to do the program LIVE, purposely chose to do it at 1 am, is because THIS IS WHERE THE HURTING AND THE LOST ARE AT!!!!!
Here is my word for you today. THE HARVEST IS PLENTIFUL! There are two keys that I want to share with you. Key number one is that you have to go to the people. We have close to two full generations now that for the most part do not have any church in their life experience. They will not come to church, they will not turn on Christian TV or radio, they will not buy Christian music or books. The church needs to take the message to them instead of hoping they come to the message. Key number two is how you approach them. If you approach them with open arms, wanting NOTHING from them, only to minister to their needs, they are open to that.
I love you and care about you so much. Jesus not only cried out that the harvest was plentiful, but He added, "the workers are few." I will be praying for you to meditate on these words today. There are many things that we can do with our life that would be considered "great." But there is NO GREATER thing we can do than let God use us to help lead a lost soul into an everlasting relationship with HIM! With all of the turmoil in our world today, with the personal hardships many are facing due to the downturn in our economy, with just the normal trials of day to day life....never before in human history has there been such opportunities to see the lost won for Christ.
However, Jesus stated the problem. Even with such a great harvest just waiting to be brought in, there is a lack of workers to get the job done. I am praying for you today that YOU will answer this call that God has on your life to be a worker to help bring in this mighty harvest. As our Lord told us, we must work while it is yet light, since the darkness is approaching. Jesus spoke in Matthew 24, Paul in 2 Timothy chapter 3 about the signs of the last days. Only God knows the exact time and moment, but the signs clearly point to the fact that the hour is near. I want to encourage you today. THE TIME IS NOW, THE HARVEST IS READY, AND GOD IS CALLING YOU TO HELP BRING IN THE HARVEST!!!
In his love and service, Your friend and brother in Christ, Bill Keller