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Why don’t we have enough laborers?

Matthew 9:38, John 4:35

  • Untold millions remain untold
  • Why should anyone hear twice when so many have never heard?

  • Spiritual Condition of the world today
    • Only 33% of the world claims to be Christian
    • That includes Catholics, Eastern Orthodox, Anglican, Mormons, Jehovah’s Witnesses and other cults
    • If the ratio of Christian workers to total population that exists in North Africa were applied to the U.S. and Canada, those two countries would have about 120 full-time Christian workers living in them. Also, there would be only 7 small churches in the entirety of those two countries.
    • 865 million unreached Muslims
    • 550 million unreached Hindus
    • 275 million unreached Buddhists
  • Fully 90% of the world is un-evangelized
  • No need to ask me where in the world missionaries are needed
  • No need to ask where the final frontier is
  1. Watered down church and Christianity
    • Many believers simply haven’t understood it is our duty as the church to carry the gospel to the world Matthew 28:19-20
    • Church is not asking God to send out laborers Matthew 9:38
    • Not experiencing God work in our lives where we currently are Colossians 1:29
    • Not maturing as a believer Colossians 1:28
    • Church and God have become about you and your needs and comforts and not about Him being your Lord and Master
    • Christianity is your will not His will, Him blessing you and not you blessing Him
  1. Fears
    • Maybe God will not meet our needs or protect us I Peter 5:7
    • Fear of the unknown I John 4:8
    • We are not to fear what man can do to us Hebrews 13:6
    • Fear is a trap for you Proverbs 29:25
    • He will never leave you or forsake you Hebrews 13:5
  1. Wrong goals
    • The love of money chokes out God’s work in our hearts I Timothy 6:10
    • A desire for things is destroying many believers I Timothy 6:9
    • We as believers are to flee these desires and seek godly goals  I Timothy 6:11-12
    • You have to hate one and love the other and you may have fallen into the trap of hating God and His will Matthew 6:24
    • Family unity and peace Matthew 10:37
    • Personal goals and ambitions Matthew 10:38-39
  1. Lack of love for God
    • The greatest commandment is to love God and then to love people Matthew 22:36-40
    • God’s love should be shed abroad in our hearts Romans 5:5
    • The fact that Jesus loved us so much that He died for us compels us to live for Him instead of ourselves II Corinthians 5:15
    • It is the love of Christ for us that compels us to go to others II Corinthians 5:14
  1. Help me by giving me the excuses you are using!
    • If you are not called to go then you are called to stay
    • You should be as involved in getting the gospel to the world as the missionaries
    • How are you serving God where you are?
    • Are you just warming a seat or are you making a difference?
    • Is your income so that you can live it up or did God give it to you because you are responsible enough to use what you have for His purposes I Timothy 6:17-18

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