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All Hands On Deck

Have you ever heard the phrase “all hands on deck”?


Sometimes I wonder where phrases like this come from.


Long ago, “all hands on deck” was a call to the ship’s sailors to drop what they were doing and get to the deck of the ship because their help was needed. It was usually used in a time of urgency or emergency. Sometimes this call went out for saving the ship and other times for getting a large job done quickly.


Another phrase I have found that is important: “Many hands make light work.”


“Blessed is that servant whom his master will find so doing when he comes. Truly, I say to you that he will make him ruler over all that he has. But if that servant says in his heart, ‘My master is delaying his coming,’ and begins to beat the male and female servants, and to eat and drink and be drunk, the master of that servant will come on a day when he is not looking for him, and at an hour when he is not aware, and will cut him in two and appoint him his portion with the unbelievers.” Luke 12:43-46


Sometimes we don’t realize the urgency of the situation we are in. Our world is a mess, and people all around us don’t know Jesus.


This is an all-hands-on-deck situation. Jesus is calling you to be one of His workers, to help others find His love.


In this sinking ship we need as many sailors as possible to help save people.


We must have urgency — this is the time to be in crisis mode.


Now is the time for all hands on deck.


Why is it that the day before you go on vacation you are able to get four or five times as much work done than on a regular work day? You are focused. You know you have a deadline, and you need to push to make sure everything is done and taken care of.


We are living in the last days of earth’s history. We need to be aware that the end is near and that we have a gospel message to get out to the world.


It is time for us to focus on spreading the love of Jesus like never before.

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