Every Christian is expected to work the works of God. Working for God is the task handed over to believers on a daily basis.
As a Christian, the Lord expects you to preoccupy yourself with His work until He returns (Luke 19:13).
The works of going out in search of the lost souls is the greatest assignment God gave to every believer. There is no other work or engagement that is acceptable to God as an excuse why the work of “go ye into the world and make disciples of all nations” should not be carried out.
The Christian life is not one that accommodates inertia or laziness; it’s a life of passionate service for the Master. Immediately a person is born-again, the joy of salvation naturally spurs him to work for the Lord in any capacity. But after sometimes, that feeling of euphoria subsides, and he prefers to remain in His comfort zone, enjoying the fellowship of fellow Christians and reading God’s word, rather than being occupied in the Lord’s work. However, the field is ripe and ready for harvest, but he is not available to rake in the harvest of souls.
YOUR PRIMARY OCCUPATION
Jesus primary focus while here on earth was winning souls into God’s kingdom. Hence, as His follower and ambassador on earth, your primary preoccupation should be reconciling estranged humanity back to God through the preaching of the gospel (2 Corinthians 5:18).
Jesus reveals what the Master’s work entails in Luke 4:18, “To preach the gospel to the poor..to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised.”
In fact, this is an enormous task. You can not accomplish this assignment without the help of Jesus the Master of the work Himself.
The implication is you can not do it alone, you need to have an intimate relationship with Christ. And intimacy comes from daily fellowship with Him, studying His word, seeking to know His mind on various issues and continually depend on Him.
Jesus says in John 15:5, “He that abideth in me, the same shall bringeth forth many fruits: for without me ye can do nothing.” Abiding in Him makes your soul winning easier and you bear many fruits. Not only that, it makes you be an overcomer and the ability to work until the end of the world.
The bible says, “He that overcometh, and keepeth my works to the end, to him will I give power over the nations” (Revelation 2: 26).
RECOGNIZING THE MASTER WHO ASSIGNED YOU THE WORK
It is a fact that every Christian is charged with the responsibility of soul winning (Matthew 28:19-20; Mark 16:15), and for you to excel in this work, you must understand what it entails, and then fashion out the best way to accomplish It.
John gives us some details about the work: you must be conscious of the person who assigned you the work. “I must work the works of Him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh when no man can work”. Jesus Christ acknowledged this fact that the work He did was assigned by the Father. And He was conscious of this fact.
It is God who gives an assignment to Christians. Paul explains that God endowed every Christian with different grace, gift, ability, and ministry, all geared towards winning souls and edifying the Body of Christ (Romans 12:3-8; 1Corinthians 12:4-11; Ephesians 4: 11-12).
Christian work is a divine vocation and the consciousness of this fact should make you resolute and undaunted in the face of challenges. It will also make you do the work of God with a seriousness mindset, not as you do your secular job.
That means you should make it your primary preoccupation, and not something that you’re coerced to or something you do only at your leisure.
And you should not look at others or comparing yourself with others, or making them your standard because every Christian has his different spiritual gift and ministry, moreover, “Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be declared by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is. If any man’s work abides which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward” (1Corinthians 3:13-14). So, be faithful and diligent in doing the work.
In carrying out the assignment of “I must work the works of Him that sent me”, you have to understand the work description. A description of the Master’s work is given in Mark 16: 15 and Luke 24:47, “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature…And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations.”
The primary need for a sinner is repentance. Any other message preached is inimical to the soul. So, you are expected to use any means with your spiritual gift or ministry to convincingly preach to sinners for repentance. If they accept your preaching and turn away from their sins God will forgive and justify them (Mark 26:15-16; 1 John 1:9).
You are also given the mandate to backsliders and other Christians to warn them of the impending judgment of God, as well as caution standing Christians agaist complacency and lethargy (1 Peter 5:8). And restore them back to faith.
While executing your task, challenges, trials, discouragement, unpleasant situations and persecution may arise. But you need to remain focus on the task before you and not to be discouraged.
You have to move on in the same spirit as Paul in Acts 20:24, he says “None of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God”
You should bear in mind that if you don’t execute your task, many people will die and go to hell. Many people are yet to hear the gospel
THE TARGET OF THE MASTER
The target of the Master’s task is to evangelize the whole world (John 3:16; Mark 16:15). Jesus said to his disciples in His farewell speech in Acts 1:8, “Ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and Samaria, and the uttermost part of the earth.”
Ţhe task of preaching the gospel has no limitations of race, sex, age, tribe, social status, religion or color.
God wants you to preach the gospel to sinners everywhere without geographical restriction. You should begin from your Jerusalem -your neighborhood.
Starting your preaching from your neighborhood is the best place to begin your evangelism.
WHO ARE YOUR NEIGHBOURS?
Your neighbors are those who live around you where you work or live.
They include everyone who lives on your street or road, those that live in the same apartment building with you or the same floor.
Your neighbors include those in your place of work. You should preach to them first.
You cannot preach the gospel to outsiders without first converting your neighbors. All of us do not have the same opportunity to directly influence people in the world, but we all can make an impact on those we see and talk to in our neighborhood.
Your neighbors are those you can directly reach for Christ.
However, when you succeed In winning your neighborhood for Christ, you gradually proceed to reach the outside world bearing in mind that your target is to reach the whole world.
Taking from the Master’s example, When His disciples told Him in Mark 1:37 “All men seek for thee”, Jesus simply replied, “Let us go Into the next town, that we may also preach there: for thereof came I forth” (verse 38). He did not allow the success they recorded in their neighborhood of Galilee or the people’s demand to carry Him away. He simply obeyed the task of the Master.
You should not lose the vision of the task of the master. Be focused, be prayerful, be vigilant and pray for the Holy Spirit to empower you because without the Holy Spirit you will not be able to accomplish the task.