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The Call to a New Life
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those who are spiritually dead attend to their earthly concerns;
but you go and proclaim the coming of the kingdom of God to the
There is a great
harvest before you, but sadly, the labourers are few. Pray to the
Lord of the harvest that he will send more labourers to gather in
his harvest. No one who puts his hand to the plough, and then looks
back, is suitable for the kingdom of God.
If you believe
in me, you will do the same works that I do. Even greater works
will you accomplish, for I must return to my Father in Heaven. If
you wish to serve me, follow me; and where I am, there you, my servant,
will be as well, honoured by my Father.
to the world: "The kingdom of heaven has come to dwell among
Heal the sick,
restore the lepers to health; raise the dead; cast out devils! Remember
what I have told you: "Freely you have received. Freely give!"
If you are not
for me, you are against me; and they that do not gather with me,
are invited into a house, offer first a blessing, and say: "Peace
be to this house." If those in the house are for peace, your
blessing will be accepted, and they will be benefited. If not, the
benefits of your blessing will return to you.
Do not hesitate
to accept hospitality, yet remain purposeful. Resist aimless wandering.
Enjoy whatever food and drink is offered you, for the person who
labours is worthy of just wages.
Those who accept you, accept me also, and they that accept me welcome
also the Father who has sent me.
Be warned: there
will be those who will attempt to silence your witness of me. You
will be summoned to court, and dealt with unfairly, and imprisoned
on behalf of me. Because of my words, you will be asked to testify
before those who do not believe, before rulers, governors, and kings.
If you are accused
and brought to court, do not fear at your lack of words. They will
be given to you in that instant. You need not rely on your words
alone, for the breath of God will speak through you. Remember that
in the earthly kingdom no servant is greater than his master. If
they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you, punishing
you for my cause, not realizing who it was that sent me into the
world. If, however, they accept and follow my message, they will
accept and follow yours as well.
If I had not
come with the message of truth, the inhabitants of the world would
not have been aware of their failings and wrong behaviour. No longer
can they hide behind their former ignorance of the truth. If I had
not performed miracles among them, they would not have known that
the kingdom had come to dwell among them. Now those who have rejected
the truth have also been witness to the miracles, and hate both
me and my Father. This is come to pass, that the prophecy might
be fulfilled: "They have hated me without cause."
Truly, it is
a fire that I have come to bring upon the earth. How I long to see
it ablaze! Did you imagine that I had come to bring peace and tranquillity?
No, I tell you, I have come to spread division! From now on, there
will be five in one house, divided as to what they should believe,
three against two, and two against three. When you are confronted
by the world's hatred, remember how it hated me before your time.
And when they persecute you in one place, move on to the next. You
will not have reached all the peoples of the world before the Messiah
returns. If a city refuses to accept you, or heed your message,
shake the dust of that city from your feet as you depart. In the
final day of judgment, it will have been better to be from the land
of Sodom and Gomorrah than from such a place.
the words that you speak, hears me; and those that despise you,
because of your words, despise me. In rejecting me, they reject
the Father who sent me. So, endure the criticism of sceptics and
nonbelievers for my sake. Stand firm, and in so doing, you will
I have spoken to you, that in me, and in your obedience to them,
you might find peace. In the world you will experience pain and
trouble; but rejoice, for I have overcome the world.