Next Door to Everyone

Imagine . . . workers for the Kingdom are next door to everywhere! That is an incredible destination, but how do we get there? The Navigators’ Vision Statement shows us the way.
We also call such Kingdom workers laborers. Where do we get this term? Matthew writes that when Jesus saw the multitudes, He felt compassion for them because they were distressed and downcast. He saw that they were like sheep without a shepherd (see Matthew 9:36). A. T. Robertson's Word Pictures in the New Testament describes the state of the multitudes in this way:

A sad and pitiful state the crowds were in. Rent or mangled as if by wild beasts . . . used here of the common people, it describes their religious condition. They were harassed, importuned, bewildered by those who should have taught them; hindered from entering into the kingdom of heaven, laden with the burdens which the Pharisees laid upon them, (they were) men cast down and prostrate on the ground, whether from drunkenness, or from mortal wounds. The masses were in a state of mental dejection. No wonder that Jesus was moved with compassion.
Out of the compassion that Jesus felt for lost people, He called upon His disciples to pray to the Lord of the harvest and ask Him to send laborers into His harvest field. Jesus saw laborers as the medicine for a sick world.
Who laborers are and what laborers do must address the deep needs of people who are struggling and broken—basically everyone. Laborers are disciples of Jesus who are sent by God to serve among distressed and downcast people with the Good News of the Kingdom. The result? New life, healing, and freedom.
It’s the heartfelt passion of Navigators to “advance the Gospel of Jesus and His Kingdom” through such people as this. It’s foolish to think Navigator staff could accomplish the Great Commission on our own. We’re committed to raising up, coming alongside, and doing all we can to support lifelong laborers in the harvest.
Indeed, there is a desperate need for such laborers everywhere. Our cities and neighborhoods need people who are being formed “in Christ” and are:
  • following Jesus
  • living out of the Scriptures
  • on mission in community
  • faithfully present with those who have yet to find themselves in Christ
  • discipling with spiritual generations in mind
No matter in which part of the body of Christ we currently serve, whether at work, in our neighborhoods, or among our families and friends, we must all play our part to pray and work toward the day when laborers like this are “next door to everyone.” What an incredible destination!
For Your Consideration:
  • Reread the list of indicators above. How are you doing as a laborer?
  • As you review the list, is the Holy Spirit prompting you to grow in any of these areas? If so, what’s a good next step?
  • Think of the fellow Christ-followers you’re coming alongside. How might you help them develop these qualities?

Al Engler is the director of Nav Neighbors. To contact him or learn more about his ministry, click here.

Editor's Note: This is one in a series of articles unpacking the Navigator vision. The series begins with Unpacking Our Vision: An Introduction and continues with "A Heart for the Whole Person."