Greetings, Brothers and Sisters, in the name of Jesus!

At various times in our lives, the Lord will call upon us to step out and offer assistance, prayers, comfort or just a helping hand or listening ear to our brothers and sisters who might be in need.

This call is based on the holy call of the 12 disciples of Christ as recorded in St. Matthew 9:35-37 and then 10:1-7. A key verse in the first scripture reads, "The harvest is truly plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest."

What Christ was saying here is that many folk need ministering to, but at times, not enough folk are willing or available to meet the needs of God's people. My main point is, if we have been on the receiving end of so many great and wonderful blessings, we who have been brought back from the pits of hell on more than one or two occasions, we whom the Lord has brought back from the edge of the cliff when the devil was about to push us over, then we should be on the giving end and reach out and lend others a helping hand.

And when Christ calls us into service, he will prepare us for service just like he prepared his disciples. The disciples, as it reads in the tenth chapter of Matthew, were sent with the power to heal the sick, cast out demons and other powers as decreed by the Lord. These men also preached about faith, and gave hope to the hopeless, and to let it be known that the focus should be on things of heaven and not on things of the world.

Finally, one of the most important lessons Christ gave to his disciples was not to give up or give in when they were rejected and turned away by folk. Christ taught these men that if that happened, just keep their peace and move on because someone somewhere would be willing to hear about the Gospel! That is still the case today in 2020.

Today, there are folk who need to hear a word from the Lord, and if your "spiritual ear" picks up the voice of the Lord telling you to go out, then you must obey the commandment of the Lord, and tell men and women, boys and girls that the day of the return of the Lord is coming one day. As a point of final and powerful word of encouragement, Christ said in verse 22 of our text: "And you shall be hated for my name's sake, but he who endured until the end shall be saved."

So, I encourage you, brothers and sisters, to go out and be a true and powerful blessing to others, especially those who are spiritually lost, have no faith, hope or trust, and when you do, the Lord will be with you and bless you for your sincere efforts. And as you venture out, remember these words from Philippians 4:7, which reads as follows:

"And the peace of God which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus."

May God continue to shower you and yours with abundant blessings!

The Rev. Milford Griner is pastor of Freedom United Methodist Church in Gainesville.