As I have been reading recently in I Corinthians 16, I came across two verses that I have read before but this time I stopped to consider what the two comments Paul makes.
“But I will stay in Ephesus until Pentecost, for a wide door for effective work has opened to me, and there are many adversaries.” (1Corinthians 16:8-9)
In Ephesus Paul saw many believe in Jesus and many miracles accompanied Paul’s and his companions preaching. The Ephesians heard the message, there is only one God and He is Jesus Christ. When the Lord speaks to anyone, there needs to be adjustments to our living. Because Ephesus was the center of the god Artemis, the silver craftsmen and other craftsmen made lots of money on the shrines and related symbols of Artemis. A great loss of income would follow if they turned to the Way and began to believe and follow Jesus’ teachings. So it is today that we need to make adjustments in our lives to follow the Lord Jesus Christ.
The Lord had blessed Paul’s work and it was very effective in reaching these Gentiles who felt the tug of God on their hearts when they were confronted with the Truth. He also said that there were many adversaries opposing the Lord’s work there. Jesus never said that following Him would be easy. He promised He would be with us until the end of the age (Matthew 28:18-20).
As I think of our Faith Promise missionary endeavors I reflect on what I read some time ago about wanting to know where to serve the Lord, “Look where God is at work and join him there!” God was at work there in Ephesus and at the same time so was Satan and his followers to not only discourages the laborers but new believers as well. But we have the victory (I Corinthians 15:57)
Where do we hear God is working bringing lost ones to Himself and can redirect our resources there? Some fields may be ripe for the harvest for only a short time. Jesus stated in Luke 10:2, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.”
Where is the Lord of the harvest working?
Pray, Send, Go!