BRINGING PEOPLE TO JESUS is not the work merely of professional evangelists.
It is the work of every saved person. Each of us has a particular role to play in accomplishing this work. It may be by personal invitation to know Christ as their Saviour. It may be by faithful prayer. It may be by the financial support of God’s work.
“And when the men of that place had knowledge of Him, they sent out into all that country round about, and brought unto Him all that were diseased;” Matthew 14:35
WHERE WOULD YOU BE IF SOMEONE HAD NOT CARED ENOUGH TO GET INVOLVED BEFORE GOD ON YOUR BEHALF ?
1. WHAT IF NOBODY BRINGS THE CHILDREN ?
A. Some would say they would have been just as well off. NOT SO. They got an earlier taste of the goodness of God, and would carry that seed planted in their hearts.
And they brought young children to Him, that He should touch them: and His disciples rebuked those that brought them. Mark 10:13
WE MUST BRING THE CHILDREN TO JESUS, EVEN IF THEY ARE NOT WHAT WE WOULD CALL, “GOOD KIDS”. DISCIPLINE IS REQUIRED, BUT ALL MUST BE GIVEN A CHANCE.
B. Bringing people to Jesus is what makes the community a better place to live.
Now when the sun was setting, all they that had any sick with divers diseases brought them unto Him; and He laid His hands on everyone of them, and healed them. Luke 4:40
*THINK OF WHERE THE HIGH CRIME AREAS ARE. THEY ARE WHERE BIBLE-TEACHING CHURCHES ARE DEAD, OR NON-EXISTENT.
2. WHAT IF WE FEEL THAT WE ARE INCAPABLE OF DOING IT?
*Considering the consequences if we don’t – we must make ourselves capable ! Just as many people go to school to take a course so they will be more effective in their jobs Christians must take up their Bibles, study them, kneel before God and submit themselves to the Holy Spirit, so they might improve over what they could do before.
A. It takes faith to bring people to Jesus.
And, behold, they brought to Him a man sick of the palsy, lying on a bed: and Jesus seeing their faith said unto the sick of the palsy; Son, be of good cheer; thy sins be forgiven thee. Matt. 9:2
B. It’s not enough to bring people to just religious folks.
And I brought him to Thy disciples, and they could not cure him. Matt. 17:16
C. We can expect the Lord to deal with people honestly. (Not as many religious people do for their own feelings sakes.)
And he brought him to Jesus. And when Jesus beheld him, He said, Thou art Simon the son of Jona: thou shalt be called Cephas, which is by interpretation, A stone. John 1:42
3. WHAT IF WE FAIL TO CARE FOR THOSE WHO NEED THE HELP OF CHRIST?
1. We will be judged for it.
2. We will allow people to dwell in the false hope that something else can satisfy their needs.
A. The most unlikely people can be brought to salvation. (No reason to dismiss their worth to God. He died for them exactly the same way He died for you.)
But Barnabas took him, and brought him to the apostles, and declared unto them how he had seen the Lord in the way, and that he had spoken to him, and how he had preached boldly at Damascus in the name of Jesus. Acts 9:27
B. Sometimes those beaten up by the world must be brought back to the Lord for healing.
And went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him. Luke 10:34
C. Believers can be brought out of the prisons of their situations.
But he, beckoning unto them with the hand to hold their peace, declared unto them how the Lord had brought him out of the prison. And he said, Go shew these things unto James, and to the brethren. And he departed, and went into another place. Acts 12:17