LISTEN: The Importance of Bringing Others to Jesus, Part 8 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 721 since Jan. 20, 2017 / Day 1,086 since Jan. 1, 2016 with Daniel Whyte III]

Daniel Whyte III
Daniel Whyte III

TEXT: Matthew 9:35-38

35 And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people.

36 But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd.

37 Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few;

38 Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest.


Alexander Maclaren said, “On any given Sunday there are thousands of men and women standing about the streets who, we may be sure, have not seen the inside of a church or a chapel since they were married — and that not one in five hundred of all the good people who are going to church or chapel ever think anything about them as they pass them by. And some of them, perhaps, if they come to any especially disreputable soul, will gather up their skirts and keep on the safe side of the pavement. But Jesus Christ had no aversions. His white purity was a great deal nearer to the blackness of the sinner, than was the leprous whiteness of the whited sepulchre of the self-righteous Pharisee. He had neither aversion, nor anger, nor indifference.”

In this series, we have been looking at how we ought to go about the important work of bringing people to Jesus. We have discussed teaching Scripture, proclaiming the Gospel, caring for the physical needs of individuals, and doing it all out of a heart of love and compassion. Yet, many, many souls have not been gathered into the Kingdom of God. Jesus says, “The harvest is plenteous.” The problem is that “the laborers are few.”

Why are the laborers few? One reason why is because many church members are self-centered and unconcerned about serving. They are satisfied as long as the church is there for them and to meet their needs. They will come once or twice a week to pray, sing, and listen to the preacher, and then go right back to their weekday lives blind to the harvest waving in the wind all around them.

Another reason why the laborers are few is because those church members who are concerned about serving are only interested in getting a position inside the church. They want to be the head of a ministry or department. The want to be a servant-leader, with an emphasis on the leader part. No one wants to do the glorious, but dirty work of going out into the world and harvesting the lost. In fact, some Christians act as though they can only be around saved people all the time, as if they can suddenly be “lost” by mingling with lost people.

Regarding this verse, John Gill said, “Gospel ministers have been but few in all ages. Their calling is a laborious one; their business is to labour in the word and doctrine; to be constant in prayer; to give up themselves to meditation and reading; to study to show themselves workmen; to preach the word in season, and out of season; and to diligently discharge the duties of their office, to the glory of Christ, and the good of souls. But such laborious ministers, who are willing to spend and be spent for Christ and immortal souls, have been few. Generally speaking, there are more loiterers than labourers.”

If we are to bring people to Jesus, we must open our eyes to the opportunities all around us. We cannot get angry at the world for abandoning religion. Millions are still searching for the way, the truth, and the life. But, if we don’t get engaged in the plentiful harvest, one day, they will have reason to be angry at us for abandoning them.

William Penn wrote:

The fields are white to harvest,
The grain is falling fast,
And soon the time of reaping
Forever will be past.

Come over then and help us,
The harvest bells do say,
Come quickly to the rescue;
This call we must obey.

Then do not tarry longer,
Make haste, the bells do say,
As everywhere they’re ringing,
Work while ‘tis called today.

Then let us pray and labor
Until the end we see,
‘Till every friend and neighbor
From Satan shall be free.


Now, if you are with us today and you do not know Jesus Christ as your Savior, allow me to show you how you can place your faith and trust in Him for Salvation from sin and Hell.

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now that is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the Cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your Salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and today I choose to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Jesus Christ as my Savior and I choose to follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

If you believed in your heart that Jesus Christ died on the Cross, was buried, and rose again, allow me to say, congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour! For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”

If you accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior today, please email me at [email protected] and let us know. There is some free material that we want to send you. If you have a prayer request, please e-mail that to us as well, and we will pray for you until you tell us to stop.

God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.

Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books including the Essence Magazine, Dallas Morning News, and national bestseller, Letters to Young Black Men. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry.

He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others.

He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University’s Rawlings School of Divinity (formerly Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary). He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree.

He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica since 1987. God has blessed their union with seven children.