In the business world people have figured out that one huge key to success is to have their operation on autopilot. Different authors have written about this idea, describing how your business should be making money for you when you are not thinking about it. Men who are highly successful at business want their operation to be making money for them even when they are asleep. This is a principal that we need to make use of in regards to the Lord’s church (some already do). We certainly do not want to face the judgment having allowed the sons of the world to have made better use of their resources (Luke 16:1-13).
I do not want you to think that the reason for doing this is so that we can retire from doing God’s work. The reason for doing this is so that we are reaching people with the gospel even when we are asleep. I can’t give you all the ideas, but I can plant the seed. We need to think of ideas that will spread and give access to the gospel message 24/7/365. This needs to be done from a local level to worldwide.
How can we do this? As I said before, I don’t have room to list every single idea (nor do I have the market cornered on ideas), however I can give you a few to get you started. First, we need to write or at least make available literature. Mailing House to House in your community might be one place to start. People will have opportunity to read this material at any time of the day. The local newspaper might be another place you could publish articles. Second, we need to make use of radio and television. If your congregation can produce their own program that is great, but if not there are others that we can support. As far as TV goes, GBN is available in many areas, and In Search of the Lord’s Way is on almost every provider. There are also radio programs that can be supported such as The International Gospel Hour. They might even be willing to air their program on your local station. We should also be sure that we let people know about these programs. Third, make use of the internet. Websites are cheap and easy to set up. It is likely that someone in the congregation can do it. If not, there are millions of other resources out there that other people provide. At the very least we can let people know about these.
These are just a few ideas. I am sure there is an endless list of others. The point is we need to make the best use of every possible resource. There is nothing to stop us from spreading the gospel 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days a year.