by Jesse Hendley

Our Task
Jesse M. Hendley
Matthew 28:19-20

Now today in these moments we have with you, I want to speak to you on Our Task, Assigned Us By God. Jesus says to each one of us, "To every man his work." And you and I have a tremendous task, my friends, in this business of the Christian life. When we are saved, Jesus says, "As the Father hath sent Me, even so send I YOU."

We learn the NATURE of our task in Matthew 28. It is "to make disciples." "Go ye into all the world and make disciples." So you see, we can never fold our hands and say that we have arrived, that the job is over; not so long as there is one lost person in the world that should have the message of salvation!

Our task is very GREAT! When we are saved, we are to win souls to the Lord Jesus. We are to spend our lives influencing other lives for Christ. That is our business. If we are not influencing other lives for Christ in some measure, we are not saved. For Paul says in Romans 8 that if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of His. Our task is very great.The other day in Detroit, the host pastor picked me up to take me out to dinner, and as we rode along, he said, "You know, Jess, a tragic thing has happened in my church."

I said, "What is it?"

He said, "A young couple had an infant baby girl, and they put her to bed last night, and this morning when they awoke, they found her dead, smothered to death. A little tiny infant."

For a moment I was speechless. And then as I thought about it, I said, "Preacher, why did this have to happen?"

He said, "I don't know."

We changed the subject and went on to our meal. It was too horrible a subject to think about too long.

The next morning when he came to pick me up for lunch, he said, "You know, last night I went into the home of the couple I told you about, and as I walked into the living room, the daddy cried out with tears, 'Preacher, God had to take our baby to bring me to my senses and to the Lord. Pray for me.’ And we ...

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