TEXT: Matthew 10:1-4
1 And when he had called unto him his twelve disciples, he gave them power against unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of disease.
2 Now the names of the twelve apostles are these; The first, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother; James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother;
3 Philip, and Bartholomew; Thomas, and Matthew the publican; James the son of Alphaeus, and Lebbaeus, whose surname was Thaddaeus;
4 Simon the Canaanite, and Judas Iscariot, who also betrayed him.
At the end of chapter 9, Jesus observes to His disciples that “the harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few.” In chapter 10, we see Jesus sending His handpicked laborers into the harvest. But He does not send them in their own strength or power. Instead, we read that “he gave them power.”
Regarding this passage, Warren Wiersbe writes, “From his large group of followers, Jesus selected a smaller group of twelve men; and these He called ‘apostles.’ This word comes from the Greek word apostello, which means ‘to send forth with a commission.’ It was used by the Greeks for the personal representatives of the king, ambassadors who functioned with the king’s authority… These Apostles were given special power and authority from Christ to perform miracles. These miracles were a part of their ‘official credentials.’ They healed the sick (including all kinds of diseases), cleansed the lepers, cast out demons, and even raised the dead. These four ministries paralleled the miracles that Jesus performed in Matthew 8 and 9. In a definite way, the Apostles represented the King and extended His work.”
While we are not apostles in the New Testament sense of the word, each of us here today are ambassadors and representatives of Christ. It is our job to preach Christ to the world around us and declare that the kingdom of God has come. However, we cannot do this without power from on high. That is why the text reads, “he gave them power.” Too often, we try to carry out the Lord’s evangelistic and harvesting work in our own power. We think that our man-made strategies and methods are all we need to win souls and fill the church pews. But, if that were the case, our society would not be seeing the number of people attending churches declining and churches shutting down at alarming rates. North America is quickly emerging as the next great mission field. Why? Because, our efforts often lack power.
At the back of all successful evangelistic efforts must be the power of God. We cannot move forward except in His strength. The spirit of Christ, the Holy Spirit, which resides in every believer will give us the discernment and wisdom that we need when facing the spirit of the world residing in non-believers. The Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible defines “power” as: the “ability to do things, by virtue of strength, skill, resources, or authorization.” How often have we set out to do things for God only to see them fail? Instead of doing things FOR God, let us aim to do God’s work through the power of God, by the power of God, and for the glory of God.
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 Society.com 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 Amazon.com 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.