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Topic: Outgoing (05/05/11)
TITLE: New Requirements
By Debra Burchett
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It has been decided that everyone must do their part and become outgoing individuals.
Are you shaking in your pew yet?
The Bible tells us in Matthew 28:19-20 NIV That Jesus gave instruction to the disciples.
He Said “ Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
God has always expected his people to share his messages. Did God only mean those we lived with or everyone?
I believe he meant us to be outgoing and share with everyone. How else will we be able to make disciples of all nations?
Being outgoing is not anything new. Was Noah an outgoing person?
He sure took a lot of grief for building a boat in a land that had never seen rain.
Noah had amazing faith in God. He constantly told others about the God he served, and that there was going to be a devastating flood that would wipe out everyone who didn’t change their ways. Did the laughing and taunting stop Noah from building that boat God asked him to? Noah did as God asked and wow what great results.
What about Moses? You know the boy who was found afloat in a basket by the Egyptian kings daughter. Moses was an adopted child with no heritage. He considered himself to be a man of no people. Yet God spoke to him. Because of his faith in God he became outgoing weather he wanted to or not. His becoming outgoing resulted in God making him the father of a great nation.
How about David? Here we have a simple Shepard boy armed with a slingshot. Yet God gave him the courage to be outgoing when no one else would step up. The results were amazing, a young boy with Gods hand on his shoulder took on a Giant that an army was afraid to face.
What about Jesus? He faced opposition with the religious authorities. He was ignored in his own hometown, and he was finally arrested by the very people who were suppose to be teaching and representing Gods ways.
Pilot who was a non-believer, recognized that Jesus had done no wrong and tried to free him, but the sin of the world in the guise of the religious leaders won out. Jesus was crucified on the cross for the sins of the world as the Old Testament books fore told. The prophets also said that he would defeat death and rise again in three days.
When Jesus returned and spoke with the disciples, they were told to share their witness of the resurrection with the entire world.
Jesus put this request forth when he told Peter to feed the sheep. Everyone who hears and accepts the faith that Jesus is our salvation is to become outgoing and share what he or she believes with another.
Is that what outgoing really is? Taking the opportunity to share an experience with another?
Are you afraid to be an outgoing person?
Let me just say I am sure that God gave us the Holy Sprit to help us, when like Moses we felt unsure and wordless.
I am also sure that God will give us the courage to face the gauntlet of taunts, jeers and hard hearted people who need to hear about Jesus.
We can’t put this off until we become more courageous. Matthew 24:42 NIV “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come.” This verse warns us about putting off the message of God. Imagine that you never got to hear about God or his love. Think about where you would be right now if you had never had the chance to know about God.
Peter and the disciples became the outgoing forerunners of the new gospel of Jesus Christ and they were eyewitnesses to the teaching, death and resurrections of Christ. Yet they still faced the same walls we do to this very day.
The commission is still unchanged and remains the same until the return of Jesus when he gathers us home. So the time is short and the harvest is ripe, but do the workers really need to be few?
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