14 But how can they call on him to save them unless they believe in him? And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them? — Romans 10:14 NLT
Romans 10:9-15 NLT When we accepted Jesus as our Savior, we became a part of a family and took on the family name, Christian. One of the biggest responsibilities that comes with the family name is telling others about our new family and inviting them to become a part of that family. “Go and make disciples” isn’t a suggestion, it is a command. That doesn’t mean that we all have to lay down what we are doing and go to foreign countries but it does mean that wherever you are is your mission field. “Go” to your family, your neighbor, your business associate, your friends and your enemies. Telling others about Jesus should be considered a privilege and it should be a joy for us to do it. When God called us to be His child, He had a plan and a purpose for us. He has a part for each of us to play in building His Kingdom here on earth and in heaven. Can we be Christians without “going and telling”? Each of us should ask God that question and seek His answer diligently. Can we be happy, joyful Christians without “going and telling”? Since not telling is being disobedient, I seriously doubt it. If you have never experienced the joy of leading someone to Christ, ask God to give you that opportunity today. “The Gospel has come to you because it’s on its way to someone else.” – Anonymous
There are two things in life that we use on just about a daily basis and both of those things can be good or evil depending on our attitude toward them and our use of them. One is fire, though we don’t actually build fires every day, we use things that are formed and molded as a result of heat and fire. Fire is necessary in refining processes that allow us to have jewelry, coins and other valuable items. But that fire, uncontrolled, can be very destructive. Each year thousands of lives and homes and acres of forest are lost to fires. The trials we go through are compared to fires that refine us. We can use those times of refining to draw closer to God or we can use them as a reason to revel against God. The other, of course, is money. Money can become our idol, our master, when we spend too much time focused on earining it and using it for the wrong reasons. Or it can serve us well when we have the proper balance of work versus worship. We can use it to spread the KIngdom of God here on earth in multiple ways or we can use to purchase useless items. Both fire and money can be great servants or destructive masters. The choice is ours.
24 “No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and be enslaved to money. — Matt. 6:24 NLT
3 For a time is coming when people will no longer listen to sound and wholesome teaching. They will follow their own desires and will look for teachers who will tell them whatever their itching ears want to hear. 4 They will reject the truth and chase after myths. 5 But you should keep a clear mind in every situation. Don’t be afraid of suffering for the Lord. Work at telling others the Good News, and fully carry out the ministry God has given you.–2 Timothy 4:3-5 (NLT)
We live in a society that could very easily be described by these verses. People follow their own desires and look for religions and worship centers that confirm their way of life. They do not want to be accountable to anyone. That is why the Name of Jesus upsets them. They don’t want to hear about relationships because having a relationship with someone requires us to know them and be accountable to them. So, the world rejects truth and chases after all the “feel good” religions that pop up. But we are to be clear about our beliefs and stand fast on the Word of God, never wavering. Yes, we will criticized and despised by the world. So was Jesus and He said we (the created) could expect the same treatment that He (the Creator) received. Nevertheless. we are to be “steadfast and immovable” in our faithfulness to Jesus Christ.
Colossians 1:6-8 (NLT) 6 This same Good News that came to you is going out all over the world. It is bearing fruit everywhere by changing lives, just as it changed your lives from the day you first heard and understood the truth about God’s wonderful grace. 7 You learned about the Good News from Epaphras, our beloved co-worker. He is Christ’s faithful servant, and he is helping us on your behalf. 8 He has told us about the love for others that the Holy Spirit has given you.
Spread the Word, that is one of the themes of the New Testament. We are all familiar with the song “Go tell it on the mountain”. That is our duty as Christians to obey God and join in His work to expand His Kingdom here on earth. It is the underlying reason for this blog. As an anonymous person once wrote: “The Gospel has come to you because it is on its way to someone else.” Jesus said “go and make disciples”. Now we can go to the keyboard and send the message around the world in a matter of minutes. Love is the glue that holds us together in the family of God. Be a sticky Christian like Epaphras and bring a harvest to the Kingdom with you. We don’t want to meet Jesus with empty hands after all He has done and continues to do for us.