Galatians 6:9 (NKJV) “And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.”
During the Covid season, many houses of worship and pastors have walked away, closing their doors, never to return. True houses of worship and pastors that have rented facilities and other local churches, many of them are forced to look elsewhere to hold service.
Their money dried up, Zoom services are a dime a dozen, and YouTube services have replaced in person service.
One believer said “I can’t do this. I need to be in service.”
On my way to preaching on the streets in Brooklyn, NY, I’ve observed a Muslim with his carpet faced to the east, praying towards Mecca.
This week is the Jews holiest day of the year.
Yom Kippur, which is the day of atonement. It’s a day of fasting 25 hours to afflict the soul, to repent and to have sins forgiven. Afterwards, they celebrate by having a feast.
Jews and Muslims never skipped a beat, but many of us that serve Christ have walked away.
But many haven’t skipped a beat. In fact, many of them made critical adjustments and are no longer doing business as usual.
A few weeks ago, a church down the street from us held an open street service with water baptism available to those that were willing to repent of sin and place faith in Christ.
According to Barna, 11% of the evangelical church does open air preaching.
Yet, to proclaim the gospel in the villages and streets is the very thing the Lord Jesus did.
Matthew 9:35-38 (NKJV) “Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people. 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.”
So, since Covid, many pastors and houses of worship closed its doors for fear of spreading the disease among the people.
Back in March, 2020, I did the same thing, until the Lord pricked my heart in May of 2020.
Many other pastors chose to remain open.
Sadly, many churches were attacked with Covid. Pastors and believers have gone home to be with the Lord. But many have chose to remain faithful to His Word, regardless of the cost. Many other pastors never closed their doors and when they stand before the Lord, they will be rewarded for their faithfulness to His Word.
I looked at it like this.
I will be judged one way or another. And that’s what compelled me to return to a regular worship schedule Mother’s Day, May 10, 2020.
Some will say, you’re foolish, it’s better to be safe than sorry.
Well, look at it like this…….some of us may never die of Covid. Some of us will die of a stroke, heart attack, cancer, or an incurable blood disease. We will die of something.
You have to make a choice to serve Him like Job, in Job 13:15.
“Though He slay me, yet, will I trust Him.”
So the end of 2021 is over 3 months away.
At the spring of this year, I was impressed by God to be out more.
“For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are the sons of God.”
Since the spring, almost every week, twice a week, we’ve been preaching on the streets.
We preach “irrespective of the results.”
Paul said, “I’ve planted, Apollos watered, but it is God that gives the increase.”
Perhaps your doors are closed but your calling never closed. That is, IF you were truly called by God.
1 Corinthians 9:16 (NKJV)
“For if I preach the gospel, I have nothing to boast of, for necessity is laid upon me; yes, woe is me if I do not preach the gospel!”
Some of us are waiting for the way it used to be. The days we’re in show us all that we’ll never return to the way it used to be.
The church in Philadelphia received a letter from the Lord Jesus by the hand of John, the apostle of the Lamb. The other half of the letter simply shows that we may be experiencing something similar. You may not agree, and that’s fine. It’s not a heaven and hell issue.
Revelation 3:10-13 (NKJV)
“Because you have kept My command to persevere, I also will keep you from the hour of trial which shall come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth. Behold, I am coming quickly! Hold fast what you have, that no one may take your crown. He who overcomes, I will make him a pillar in the temple of My God, and he shall go out no more.
I will write on him the name of My God and the name of the city of My God, the New Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from My God. And I will write on him My new name.”He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”
We’re in time of testing like we’ve never seen before.
It’s great tribulation training.
But the Lord also said, “Behold, I am coming quickly!”
Why would He say that THEN?
Because even He doesn’t know when the Father will end it all. The hour of testing (COVID) is over the whole world to try the hearts of men. Even sinners know that something is about to happen.
Little do they realize that the Lord knows the hearts of men.
In closing, the Lord impressed many preachers to go to cities, preach on street corners, in the malls, to warn the wicked to turn and repent of sin. Time is of the essence. The greatest event is yet to come.
The return of Christ.
Paul said in 2 Timothy 3:1 (NKJV)
“But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come…”
For the last 30 years, the events are happening faster than our ability to keep pace in reporting it. But for a reason.
The greatest event of all time is about to occur.
Ignore the ones that don’t think so. The Lord Jesus said to “Be ready.”
Don’t be moved by their words because they don’t know everything and the Lord does. Our job is to be about the Father’s business?
Matthew 24:12-14 (NKJV)
“And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. But he who endures to the end shall be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.”
If you’re not out there preaching the gospel but trying to mislead the saints about the coming of the Lord, remember Paul’s word….
1 Thessalonians 5:1-11 (NKJV)
“But concerning the times and the seasons, brethren, you have no need that I should write to you. For you yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night. For when they say, “Peace and safety!” then sudden destruction comes upon them, as labor pains upon a pregnant woman. And they shall not escape.
But you, brethren, are not in darkness, so that this Day should overtake you as a thief. You are all sons of light and sons of the day. We are not of the night nor of darkness. Therefore let us not sleep, as others do, but let us watch and be sober.
For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk are drunk at night. But let us who are of the day be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet the hope of salvation. For God did not appoint us to wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us, that whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with Him. Therefore comfort each other and edify one another, just as you also are doing.“
You don’t have a building to preach in, find a street corner……….pick one.
Who said you have to HAVE a building.
Don’t faint and don’t lose heart. Never give up, and never give in.
Get up, dust your calling off, and get back in the fight.