In Matthew 24, we find the disciples asking Jesus a very straight forward question. “Tell us, when will these things be? And what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of age?”
Jesus said that there will be wars and rumors of wars. Nations will rise up against nation and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines, pestilences and earthquakes in various places. For all these things must come to pass but the end is yet to come. All these are the beginning of sorrows. (We see these things come to pass everyday.)
Jesus went on and said something that may have seemed impossible to the first century church. “And this Gospel of the Kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.”
Why must we reach the world with the Gospel before Jesus comes for us? Would you want God to leave you behind? Everyone needs an opportunity to hear the Gospel, to make a choice of whether or not they will accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior.
The problem with this is that we, here in America, have become very complacent. We stopped teaching on evangelism and Bible prophecy in the church. Therefore we are uncertain of our own future so we are really not sure how to reach people who need the Gospel.
We still invite people to church once in a while but how often do we pull this person aside and tell them that they need Jesus? It has become our hope that someone else will tell them of their need for Salvation. In the age of being politically correct, who wants to talk about sin and redemption?
Yet, that is exactly what God has called us to do. If we continue to listen to our leaders who tell us that “Prophecy is a diversion” or “We need to make our people comfortable when they are here” we will find ourselves in grave danger. In that context, we have chosen to listen to false doctrine instead of listening to Jesus.
Jesus said to go into all the world and make disciples of all men.
That tells me that it is my job and yours to reach as many as possible with the Good News of Jesus Christ.
The kingdom will not come until the whole world knows. What will your role be? If you long for Jesus but refuse to tell anyone about the faith and hope that you have, do you really long for Him?
I remember sitting in church listening to a missionary. He was talking about all the great revivals that are going on overseas. “God is moving and people are getting saved…” I would think, “How cool would it be to go to Africa or China.” Someone asked me a question one day. “Why go overseas when the mission field is in your backyard?”
I have just read a report that there are not many tribes of people in the world that haven’t heard the Gospel.
The call comes back to me and you. For every person that you tell about Jesus, that’s one person closer for us to meet Jesus.
As I have said before, we are living in the last five minutes of time. We can see that the harvest is great but if we don’t pick up the sickle and work, we may miss out on some wonderful things that God has prepared for us.
Just think how overwhelming it will be to be standing next to Jesus and to have a multitude of people come up to you and say, “Thank you. You took a minute to leave a track at the bus stop.” Another might tell about the time you gave ten dollars which in turn reached a hundred more.
Let’s be faithful with the time we have left. Live the life, spread the Gospel and be obedient to what God has called you to do for the Kingdom of God is at hand.
Matthrw 28:19 nkjv)
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