Matthew 28:18-20… “And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen” (KJV).
I read a quote not too long ago that said, “The church today is raising a whole generation of mules.” It went on to say that the church knows how to sweat and work hard but does not know how to reproduce itself. Mules are good hard-working animals. We had one in the ’30s; it was an old mule that once worked in a coal mine. Mules carried supplies; they worked in the old coal mines, plowed fields, pulled wagons, and carried people. They are surefooted beasts of burden. Their main problem is that they are sterile and can not reproduce. Most churches are full of mules; they have good hard-working saints. They teach classes, serve the physical needs of the assembly, mow the grass, cook the meals, move tables, sweep the floors, organize activities, visit the shut-ins, work as ushers, write letters, and do many other good works. There is just one problem. They do not produce, do not witness, and are not winning others to Christ.
Jesus told us to “go out into the world” and preach the gospel, make disciples, and heal the sick (Mark 16:15-20). Many of you who are reading this have worked hard all your church life and the work never seems to end. If we are not evangelizing, we have become sterile and have become a church full of “mules.” When a mule dies, it dies without any offspring.
Mark 3:16… “And Simon He surnamed Peter” (Also Mark 3:17, Luke 22:3, Acts 1:23, 4:36, 10:18, 15:22). The word “surname” has a few meanings; some meanings are “to call and put a new name upon a person, to be a descriptive addition to a name identifying a person by his true character, to bring one’s character to the surface, to give authority, or to give an addition to one’s name that indicates one’s strengths or an occupation.” “And Simon He surnamed Peter [Rock].” “Simon” means “a reed,” one who is restless, inconsistent, and lacking cohesion. Jesus saw in him a character that Peter would become, the rock. Peter became bold, a leader who stood out. So it is with us. This is what the Lord wants to do: to bring the “real you” out and use the real you for His glory. Your name is your mission. What is Jesus naming you? What are you hiding within yourself? Jesus wants to bring those talents out. There are things that you have wanted to do all your life, but you have been hiding your talents. Bring them out; there is a need.
Pastor George Belobaba
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