“He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.” – Mark 16:15
It’s the final day of our 21 Days of Prayer and Fasting…
In a time like we are in, the thought of ‘going’ anywhere can suggest we are limited in what we can do with this scripture. This, however, cannot be further from the truth. God’s word IS truth, and is applicable in every season, no matter the circumstances we face, whether in our own life or corporately as a nation and world.
Jesus said ‘Go into all the world”. We have to look at what that means for us right now. It means we are to take the good news of the Kingdom of God and tell people about it.
This can be done on so many different levels. A missionary is one who witnesses across cultures – travelling to countries around the world to teach people about Jesus Christ, often also addressing the physical needs of the local people. However, we all are connected to people locally who are yet to hear the good news of the Kingdom of God. If we would all play our part in this, our city and nation would look very different.
The word that speaks to me in this verse is ‘Go’. That is a decision. It is an action verb, a doing word. Go. It reminds me of the few minutes after instruction has been given to a team of people, the moment everyone is waiting for the leader to say ‘now go!’.
It takes the leader in us to say ‘go!’. It’s a decision. God has empowered every believer to go and so we must obey His words.
But how do we specifically do it? Well, we need knowledge from studying God’s word, a good dose of boldness, and an overwhelming sense that God loves us and has our back. The Holy Spirit gives us these things. We don’t need anything else.
When Jesus sent the disciples out to preach the gospel in pairs, they were told to take nothing with them (see Matthew 10 and Luke 10). Furthermore, in addition to the incredible gift of salvation for people, there is also great personal reward. Jesus says in Matthew 10:32 “Whoever acknowledges me before others, I will also acknowledge before my Father in heaven.” It starts with loving people, spending time with people, even if it means on the phone or online. If we ask God to give us the moments to bring his word, the opportunities will come.
With everything that is going on, it can seem as if things are different. On a physical level, they are, but when it comes to God’s mission, nothing has changed. God has placed us in people’s worlds for such a time as this, that only through me and you can we bring the good news, see lives transformed by the working of the Holy Spirit and hearts turned towards Him.
Eternal perspective can seem a difficult thing to fix our eyes on when so much goes on around us. But eternal perspective is what we must always have – it’s God’s mission after all, and he’s using you and me to do it.
– Pastor John Ratcliffe
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