< Matthew 9:35-38 >
“Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages,
teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom,
and healing every sickness and every disease among the people. But
when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them,
because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd.Then
He said to His disciples, ‘The harvest truly is plentiful, but the
laborers are few.Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send
out laborers into His harvest.’”
All of us, who have become the righteous, pray to
God and do His work. So we pray to Him, “Lord, there is much to
harvest, but the laborers are few. Please raise Your workers who
can spread Your gospel.” Let us, in fact, begin today’s Scripture
lesson by praying together.
“Dear Lord, the age of tribulations has indeed begun
in this age and time, and countless sinners are lost and wandering
in their sins. Lord, we ask that You would enable each of us to
preach the gospel of the water and the Spirit that can save all
these lost souls from their sins. Dear Lord, raise Your workers
who can save these souls and who can testify Your gospel to them.
We ask that You find these workers and raise them for us.”
“Our Father, we pray that you would give us the strength
to save sinners. Though we are few in number, let this year be a
year when we testify Your true gospel Word in this age of the end
times, and we ask You to work among the righteous so that many servants
of Your righteousness may arise to bear witness to Your gospel.
Raise these workers for us and send them to us. We pray that You
would continue to save souls, and to anoint them as Your workers.
To all the righteous who has already been born again, inspire their
hearts to serve You and make them Your workers, so that through
these servants of Yours, Your gospel would be witnessed to all over
the world, Your Word would also be testified, and Your will would
be fulfilled as well.”
Only the Righteous Can Become God’s Servants
Who among the righteous can become God’s workers?
First of all, it is those who definitely believe in the gospel of
the water and the Spirit, the Word of our Lord, and whose souls
have been born again by this gospel, that can become the workers
of God’s gospel. Those who can spread the gospel of the water and
the Spirit to others are the righteous who have been born again
by first believing in the Lord and the true gospel. Only they can
preach the gospel of the water and the Spirit.
We can confirm this truth in Acts 1:8, which states,
“But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon
you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea
and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
It is only when one receives the remission of his
sins and the Holy Spirit comes into his heart by believing in the
gospel of the water and the Spirit that he can become God’s worker.
When we truly believe in the perfect gospel Word of the water and
the Spirit and thereby are remitted from all our sins, we receive
the gift of the Holy Spirit into our hearts (Acts 2:38). If one
can witness that his sins has been blotted out and that he now has
no sin in his heart, this is the evidence of the fact that the Holy
Spirit has come into his heart. It is because the Holy Spirit in
our hearts guarantees our witness that we have now become sinless
by believing in the gospel of the water and the Spirit.
Our Lord said, “You shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem,
and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” This
means that He will make the believers in the gospel of the water
and the Spirit His witnesses to the whole world. Therefore, when
the righteous deny themselves, trust in the Lord and obey Him, the
Lord Himself then entrusts them with His work. Because the Holy
Spirit dwells in the born-again who have received the remission
of sin by believing in the gospel of the water and the Spirit, the
Holy Spirit in their hearts leads them in every step. So the righteous
who have been remitted from their sins preach the gospel of the
water and the Spirit at every opportunity they get.
If you face an opportunity to preach the gospel to
someone, of course, you may feel nervous about or be afraid of it.
But it is ultimately the Holy Spirit who really works in your lives.
The Holy Spirit gives you the right words to say for the right times:
“For it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father who
speaks in you” (Matthew 10:20). Therefore, it is only right
for us to trust in the Holy Spirit, to boldly preach the gospel
by faith at every opportunity, and to do the work of our Lord. Let
us all have confidence that the Holy Spirit indeed works in our
On the contrary, anyone who does not believe in the
gospel of the water and the Spirit is not qualified to become God’s
worker. Why? Because sinners cannot bear witness to the righteousness
of God, and because no one can be washed from his sins but only
through this gospel of the water and the Spirit, for the Lord took
upon all our sins through the baptism that He received. As such,
all those sinners whose hearts have retained their sins cannot be
used by the Holy Spirit as His instruments.
If anyone claims to have become God’s worker without
even believing in the gospel Word of the water and the Spirit, he
is someone who has become a worker all on his own —and a false one
at that—and is not someone who was really called by God to become
His true worker. No matter how hard such sinners do the work of
God—to be more exact, think that they are doing His works—everything
is in vain.
We see many such people all around us. There are many
sinners on this earth who suffer from such bizarre delusions. One
of their defining characteristics is that even as they are oblivious
to the gospel of the water and the Spirit, they are still devoted
to what they are doing so much. Hence, I sometimes wish our born-again
saints would be as devoted to the true gospel as these people are.
The Second Qualification to Be God’s Workers:
To Love the Gospel of the Water and the Spirit
I have told you that the first qualification of God’s
workers is to believe in the gospel of the water and the Spirit.
In other words, only the righteous can be called as His workers.
But you must know that all the born-again are called as His workers.
Among the righteous, it is only those who have compassion for the
souls of sinners and whose hearts desire to save them, that can
become the workers of God’s gospel. This is the second qualification
to become His workers. They may not be particularly gifted, nor
articulate, nor have anything else that is even remotely remarkable,
but the righteous whose hearts desire every soul to be saved are
qualified as God’s workers.
Among the righteous, those who love other souls, even
though they themselves have no power, still desire others to be
saved; and because these souls must be saved, they rise to meet
the challenge despite their insufficiencies, and they are willing
to do anything to save these souls. It is precisely such righteous
people, who love other souls, that are qualified to become God’s
Is there, however, anyone who says, “Yes, I have such
a heart, but I am still too insufficient to become God’s worker”?
But this cannot be a reason for you to be disqualified as one of
His workers; whatever you may lack can be filled by faith and be
taught by God’s Church.
My fellow believers, the righteous who have this caring
heart that loves the gospel of the water and the Spirit and other
souls need to be trained in all things, from the art to how to handle
a soul, and to the knowledge of the Word. If only our hearts truly
desire to serve God’s gospel and to spread it, all that we have
to do is just receive all abilities through our faith. Therefore,
what is needed for you to become His workers is this fundamental
heart that desires to serve the gospel of the water and the Spirit,
that loves other souls, and that wants to dedicate yourselves to
God. Only when our hearts desire to serve the gospel can we do the
work of God in all its variations.
It is not easy to save life, whether spiritually or
physically, and so proper discipline of faith is really necessary.
Before a doctor becomes a specialist, he must go through an arduous
period of extensive training as an intern. Just like this, before
the righteous become God’s expert workers, they all should go through
a period of apprenticeship. My fellow believers, we must discipline
ourselves until we all become experts at preaching the gospel of
the water and the Spirit.
When souls meet intern workers, they frequently become
the object of research for the spreading of the gospel. Also, there
are many times when someone who is about to receive the remission
of his sins is averted from doing so, and ends up going home only
with a injured heart, just because the one who bore witness of the
gospel to him has not been trained enough. This point is particularly
more relevant when it comes to the training that is provided in
our Mission School that belongs to God’s Church. When people meet
the immature workers of God, it is quite possible that even those
who were about to receive the remission of sin would not be able
to do so. Even those who had opened the doors of their hearts may
end up closing them down again.
I said that those whose hearts love other souls are
qualified to become God’s workers of the gospel. But they must be
filled with God’s Word to serve the gospel and to lead souls. God’s
workers can have spiritual fellowship with those whom they are trying
to save only when they listen sufficiently to the Word of God and
they themselves have the spiritual knowledge of the Word and strong
faith in it.
However, this training cannot be attained on one’s
own. We must be inside God’s Church and hear the spiritual Word
that the Holy Spirit speaks to His workers through the Church. No
matter how much understanding one may reach of the Word of God on
his own, this in itself cannot turn into a spiritual sword. Only
when we hear and learn the Word through God’s Church can our knowledge
of the Word turn into our spiritual weapon. It is then that when
we just barely touch others with this spiritual sword, they will
come to be saved from their sins and be healed from their spiritual
illnesses of sin.
At issue here is whether or not there is a burning
love for the gospel of the water and the Spirit in our hearts. Even
if we are not particularly gifted, all that we need to be qualified
to become God’s workers is a heart that loves the gospel. So the
question to ask is this: Do our hearts love other souls, or do they
love the world? It is the righteous who have this loving heart for
other souls that are qualified to become the workers of the gospel
of the water and the Spirit.
Even Now, God Is Looking for the Workers of His
Even now, at this very moment, God is still looking
for the workers to send them into His harvest of the lost souls.
You don’t have to be experts in theology and doctrinal issues. You
don’t have to be good at handling the secular affairs of this world,
either. If you teach the gospel of the water and the Spirit accurately
to the sinners who have not received the remission of their sins
yet, and thereby you vanquish away, with the Word of God, Satan’s
evil schemes that had imprisoned these sinners; and if you help
such souls to receive the remission of their sins from hearing and
believing in God’s gospel Word of Truth, then you are indeed God’s
good workers. God is looking for such workers for harvesting even
now. You don’t even have to be good at nurturing souls. God Himself,
through the leaders of His Church, will take care of all such nurturing
In the movie “Superman,” there comes a Jack of all
trade who solves all the difficult problems on his own. But God
is not in need of such a single super-worker. Rather, God is looking
for many workers who would be faithful to each of their callings,
preach the gospel of the water and the Spirit, and live by faith.
The leaders of the Church, who are your shepherds,
and the workers of the gospel have different tasks assigned to each
of them. All that the workers have to do is be faithful to their
assigned tasks, but the leaders have to do more than this, for they
must manage the workers as well.
Saying that the harvest is plentiful but the laborers
are too few, God told us to pray to Him to send us more workers
to harvest. Having said so, our Lord is also telling us, “You who
are praying should go.” Those who pray to God to send His workers
are asking this precisely because their hearts yearn to do God’s
work. They pray for this because they have compassion for all the
lost souls. This is why our God is telling us that we who are praying
for this should ourselves go out there as His workers. This is what
God is telling us.
What we all need to realize here is that God’s workers
do not just drop from the sky. First, we must pray to God to send
us laborers, and second, we ourselves, who are praying for this,
should go as such laborers. God will then entrust souls to His workers
This Age Needs God’s Workers All the More
This age needs God’s workers all the more. We must
pray to God and ask Him to send us His workers. And we ourselves,
the very ones who are praying, must go as His workers, too. Saying
amen at the end of our prayers is not the end of all.
My fellow believers, the righteous who are praying
for this must first go out to the fields as God’s workers. It is
because our hearts’ desires lie in the work of God that we have
prayed in this way, and it is because we know His work that we have
prayed for this mission. Those whose faith precedes that of the
others not only pray but they themselves go out to the fields to
do God’s work. And as they actually do God’s work, they gain yet
another laborer of God. My fellow believers, this age desperately
needs God’s workers. There are still many people throughout God’s
Church who are more than qualified to become His laborers.
My fellow believers, let’s pray to God: “Lord, please
save all these souls. They must be saved from their sins before
it’s too late, before Your return. Deliver them from the hands of
the liars, Lord. Just as You have saved me, please save these souls
also.” This is how we should all pray. And we ourselves must become
God’s workers and head out to His harvest fields.
God wants us to go out there and proclaim the gospel
of the water and the Spirit. Will God’s work be done if we just
sit around and do nothing? Don’t just sit there and think all day
long about what you should be doing, but stand up in the name of
Jesus Christ and step into the field. This is the way for you to
become God’s workers. There are still many righteous men and women
in the world who are called upon to become God’s laborers.
God is telling us to pray to send us His workers and
to go ourselves. Do you believe this? Amen. Don’t just come up with
excuses, saying that you are too insufficient to go out to the field,
or whatever else you might think of as an excuse to just sit around.
Whatever you may lack can be filled with learning. What is really
important is that you love the gospel of the water and the Spirit
and are able to see the condition of other souls, and that you believe
in the coming of the end times and the age of tribulations as prophesied
in the Word of God—it is those who have such faith that are so needed.
And it is such people who must rise up as God’s workers. God’s wise
workers must arise. In the end times also, we need the workers who
can lead the people of God and nourish them with the bread of life
according to the times.
In the Days of Noah’s Flood, Everyone Only Drank
and Ate to Perish in the End
All sinners are on the road to perdition. It is our
responsibility to deliver them from the liars. We need such workers
who can lead these souls to receive the remission of sin by preaching
the true gospel to them and nourish them with the Word of God that
is appropriate to the times.
Will you fixate your minds on the things of this earth
that will perish eventually, as if you were to live for thousands
of years? This world will not last forever.
A few years ago, an earthquake devastated the Japanese
city of Kobe. As its residents built their houses and carried on
with their lives, none of them expected that they would be struck
by a disaster of such magnitude. They had decorated their homes,
planted beautiful trees around the city, and spruced up the landscape,
all wishing to live happily for never-ending years to come. But
an earthquake struck them and the city of Kobe was devastated in
the twinkling of an eye.
Where is the guarantee that our own homes would not
be struck by such an earthquake that struck Kobe? Do not think that
you are safe from earthquakes, just because it hasn’t happened yet.
We are all living under the same condition. Nor should you think
that the prospect of nuclear war is no longer relevant to you, now
that the Cold War is over. On the contrary, it is as close to us
as it has ever been. What I am trying to tell you here is not to
be so complacent and self-satisfied that you ignore these dangers
and remain completely insensitive to them, as if you had turned
into self-content pigs. Rather, like the hungry Socrates, you must
know where you came from and where you are headed, why you live,
and for what purpose you should live, and you must live your lives
preparing to stand before God.
My fellow believers, let us not place our hope on
this earth, as if we were to live on it for thousands of years.
If the righteous have enough to eat and drink, if their basic needs
are all met, then you, as such righteous men and women who are living
on the verge of the end times, should be on the vanguard as the
workers of the gospel. If you really believe in His warnings about
the Last Days, then you must rise up and work for God, just as Noah
had built his ark of salvation. We need God’s workers who labor
with us and stand on God’s side, not on the side of the people of
the world who mock us and are laughing at us.
Throughout our Church, there are many workers. God
has sent us many. I have always prayed to God to send us laborers,
and so God has answered my prayers and indeed sent us many workers.
My fellow believers, now is the time when you should respond to
God’s calling. God is calling you as His workers. Humbly reply to
His calling, saying, “Yes, Lord. Though I am not gifted and far
too insufficient, I will go in obedience. Send me, Lord.” It is
such workers whom God is calling.
Is there anyone among the righteous who thinks that
he cannot become one of God’s workers because of his weaknesses?
Do you love the Lord with all your hearts? And do you love the gospel
of the water and the Spirit? Do you believe that this age is nearing
the age of the Great Tribulation? You then must answer God’s calling.
There must arise many workers who can devote their
entire lives to serving the Lord, and who can also serve Him with
their material possessions. My fellow believers, do you not want
to work with God’s Church? Do your hearts desire to do God’s work
with His Church? Then, let us all do God’s work together. This work
of the Lord is never, ever in vain. If we would labor only a little,
if we would dedicate ourselves to the Lord only a little, and if
we would just try a little, we can gain, by faith, many souls that
are far more precious than the whole world. And when these souls
are grown up and they themselves go out to preach to other souls,
yet more souls will be gained. Such spiritual works will bring you
far more satisfaction, by thousands and millions of fold, than any
earthly work that you ever do.
Before God, the wisest servants in the last days,
the wisest saints in the end times of tribulations, are none other
than those who preach the gospel of the water and the Spirit to
every human being, who was created in the likeness of God’s image.
And they are the ones who feed souls with spiritual food. They feed
them with the gospel Word of the water and the Spirit, the Word
of nourishment, and the Word of truth. It is such saints who are
the wise. And our Lord is looking for such saints in these end times.
Especially in this age and time, when the coming of
our Lord is near, our Lord is looking for such souls. God is looking
for workers who would answer His calling. When our Lord returns
and sees the workers who are doing His work faithfully, He will
command us as “good and faithful servants,” entrust us with more
works, give us great rewards, and bestow His grace on us.
However, if anyone says, even as he knows that the
end is near, “But it will surely take some more time before the
Lord actually returns. People have been saying all the time that
the Lord’s return is imminent, but it hasn’t happened yet, and so
I am sure His coming is delayed,” and if he busies himself with
his friends to only drink and eat, even as the Lord is near, when
our Lord indeed returns, He will call upon this wicked servant and
appoint him his portion with the hypocrites. The Lord said, “So
it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come forth, separate
the wicked from among the just, and cast them into the furnace of
fire. There will be wailing and gnashing of teeth” (Matthew 13:49-50).
He surely will separate the wicked one from the righteous and cast
him out of the Kingdom of God.
This is not just my own word, but it is the very Word
of God. Let us all turn to Matthew 24:44-51 to see this: “Therefore
you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do
not expect. Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his master
made ruler over his household, to give them food in due season?Blessed
is that servant whom his master, when he comes, will find so doing.Assuredly,
I say to you that he will make him ruler over all his goods.But
if that evil servant says in his heart, ‘My master is delaying his
coming,’ and begins to beat his fellow servants, and to eat and
drink with the drunkards,the master of that servant will come on
a day when he is not looking for him and at an hour that he is not
aware of,and will cut him in two and appoint him his portion with
the hypocrites. There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”
Our Lord defines ‘a faithful and wise servant’ as
one who faithfully provides His people with spiritual food in due
season while the Lord made him the steward over His household. Blessed
are the servants whom their Master, when He comes, will find them
feeding the flock with the Word of God. The Lord will give Heaven
to such good and faithful servants.
In contrast, He defines an evil servant as one who
doesn’t believe in His imminent coming, and therefore not fearing
his Master, begins to beat his fellow servants, and to eat and drink
with the drunkards. But the Lord will surely come on a day when
he is not looking for Him and at an hour that he is not aware of,and
will cut him in two and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites.
And the evil servant will be cast out into outer darkness; there
will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
There is no one who is more wicked before our God
than those who, even as they have been born again, do not take care
of other souls, but instead mingle with the world, eat and drink
with it, and are intoxicated by it. Those who do not live for the
gospel even as they have received the remission of sin are more
wicked than those who have not received the remission of sin. The
Lord will cut them in two. He will say to them, “Get out of here!
I don’t need you. You deserve to be cast into hell. Such wicked
people like you can never live with Me.” He will then cast them
My fellow believers, once sinners receive the remission
of their sins and become righteous, there is a reason as to why
the newly born-again must live for this gospel of the water and
the Spirit. Do you believe that the times of the Great Tribulation
are near us? If you believe, then you have to know that there will
surely arise many workers who set aside their things of the world.
It is these people who will become God’s workers. It is to become
wise servants before God that they believe in the nearing of the
end times, set aside the things of the world, deny themselves, and
come before the Lord.
But I am not saying here that you should dispose of
all your worldly affairs right now. Among the born-again, only those
who want to dedicate their entire lives to God’s work must do this.
If the righteous truly believe in the Word, then they believe that
now is the beginning of disaster when famine and earthquakes abound,
when nations clash against nations and states war against one other.
And if they truly believe in His imminent coming, they will voluntarily
want to become God’s workers who spread the gospel in this last
Do you have such faith? Then you should dispose of
your worldly connections. Seek counsel from your spiritual leaders
and then let go of your worldly attachments. But you must do this
by faith, “for whatever is not from faith is sin” (Romans 14:23).
My fellow believers, even as your hearts desire to
live for the Lord, and you have the material means and healthy bodies
to do so, are you still hesitant, thinking, “But I still need my
material possessions, even more so now that the end times are nearing,
since I have to prepare for these times.” But you can never enjoy
all your material possessions. Set aside some for your use, and
then give the rest to the Lord.
You may wonder, “I thought Rev. Jong would never say
something like this. How can he say this so bluntly?” But my fellow
believers, I still admonish you to give your treasures to the Lord.
God will accept them in joy. And He will use them as His precious
instruments. Ordinarily, this is not something that I say to you.
But if you ask me to honestly tell you what is really in my heart,
then I will say, “Dispose of your worldly attachments.” But I will
also add an important precondition here, namely, that only those
who want to serve the Lord should do so.
Those of you, who hold jobs, work diligently. The
righteous who do not go out to the harvest field as the full-time
workers of the gospel should work diligently at their jobs and support
the ministry with their produce. You should back the Church with
as much material support as possible so that it can spread the gospel.
Be faithful in this endeavor with all your life, as it is written;
“Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life”
And those who want to devote their lives entirely
to their ministry and to wholly live for this gospel, let the deacons
take care of the material needs, and dedicate your entire selves
to the spreading of the Word and the preaching of the gospel. If
you want to become such workers, consult with your spiritual leaders,
and if permitted, dispose of your worldly affairs. When I refer
to ‘your spiritual leaders,’ I am sure that you will not confuse
them with the pastors of this world, who do not believe in the gospel
of the water and the Spirit, and hence, have not yet been born again.
If you ask me, “How should I live properly?” this
is what I would like to tell you honestly, for it is what would
benefit you immensely. And I believe that it is such people who
will be greatly commanded by the Lord, and that they are the ones
who are living the most fruitful and worthy lives in these end times.
It is the Word of God that I trust and believe. I
cannot trust myself. So I never trust myself, but instead I deny
My fellow believers, is this age and time not the
age of tribulations? It indeed is. This then means that we are now
approaching the inevitable conclusion of the world. We must live
according to this time and age. We the born-again saints must adjust
to the flow of the age.
Everyone says that we have entered into the age of
globalization. But just throwing away your old blankets is not adjusting
to this new age of globalization. Now that environmental protection
has become a paramount concern, separating your garbage into the
disposable and the recyclable is not living a new life. Only when
you live for the gospel do you become new people fit for this new
age. When the times have changed and the age of tribulations is
upon us, we must not place our hearts in this world as before, as
if we were to live for thousands of years.
We must become the workers who harvest. It is time
for you to dispose of your worldly attachments. To repeat, I am
not saying here that everyone should do this. Rather, I am admonishing
that those of you who truly love other souls and yearn to devote
their entire lives to the work of the Lord should dispose of their
worldly relations. And when you do so and serve the Lord, your lives
will truly be the most fruitful and worthy of all.
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My fellow believers, do not be worried about your
children. Your children will not suffer hunger just because you
serve the Lord. Have no worry whatsoever. Let me make this clear
here: I am not telling you to forsake your own children and homes.
Rather, I am telling you to first serve the gospel and take care
of God’s Church. I am asking you, in other words, to live for the
gospel in these times of tribulations until the very day our Lord
returns. Our Lord also admonishes us with encouragement, saying,
“But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and
all these things shall be added to you” (Matthew 6:33). I believe
that if you truly believe that we are not entering into the age
of tribulation, many such workers will rise among you.
God is looking for faithful and wise servants. He
is looking for the workers who would faithfully preach the gospel.
Jesus said, “The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are
few.” This is why our Lord told us to pray to send such servants,
and that we ourselves, who prayed for this, should go out to the
I give all my thanks to our God. I give my thanks
to the Lord of the righteous who enables us to discern the times,
teaches us and leads us all, so that we would serve the gospel in
these end times. Let us pray to God to send us His workers. Let
us ask Him to allow us to work with them together.
Let us ceaselessly pray to God to send us these laborers,
and let us do His work by faith. Hallelujah!