Dear friends and partners in the harvest of the living God, I want to invite you to reflect on issues related to partnership as we continue to work together. Remember the bible says just before He went away Jesus told His followers to “Go into the whole world and preach the Good News to all creation”. Some might ask, “What does that have to do with me?
There are several reasons why His command should have everything to do with you. First, it was Jesus who said it! Second, these were among His last words and last words are usually very important. Third, it was not a request, but a command! Jesus knew that we couldn’t get the job done by ourselves so He introduced the idea of partnership.
First and foremost, it would be necessary to depend on the Holy Spirit as our senior partner because Jesus said in Acts 1:8,”But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth." (NLT)
The power for witnessing would come through the anointing of the Holy Spirit, Jesus said. He underscored the fact that we wouldn’t be properly equipped to fulfill His command until we have been filled with the Holy Spirit. Jesus added another dimension to partnership when He said, “Anyone who receives a prophet because he is a prophet will receive a prophet's reward, and anyone who receives a righteous man because he is a righteous man will receive a righteous man's reward.” Matt 10:41 (NIV)
There is no injustice done to the scripture when we replace the word prophet with the word missionary. Jesus was saying that there would be a partnership formed between those who go and those who send. If the senders are as committed in sending as the missionaries are in going, the senders will receive the same reward as the missionaries. What a privilege!
Jesus commanded every believer to go into the world and preach the gospel. This seems impractical, if not impossible, for most of the people in our churches. When the missionaries visit the local church, they share opportunities for reaching the lost in distant lands. As we respond to his or her vision, the missionary affords us the opportunity for partnership. We are enabled to fulfill the Great Commission. We become partners in soul winning around the world without ever leaving home. The better we know our United Methodist Missionaries personally, the more effective is that partnership. I love you friends; continue praying for more partners to join us as we are preaching the Good News. I invite you to partner with me in this journey of faith.
I will finish this reflection by calling you to pray for our health and well being. Pray for our protection from danger and difficulties. Pray for our children’s well-being, both physical and emotional. Pray for our financial needs to be met. Pray that many will accept Christ and be discipled into a committed life- style and pray that more workers will be sent into the harvest-field. Thank you so much for taking time to read this.
Your partner in the harvest
Jean Claude Masuka Maleka
“Not, how much of my money will I give to God, but, how much of God’s money will I keep for myself?”John Wesley