“And Jesus came and spake unto them saying, All power is given unto me IN HEAVEN AND IN EARTH. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations… Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen” Matthew 28:18-20
LIGHT FOR NOW: There is no better way to experience the excitement of Christianity and to live for the Lord than to be an ardent soul winner.
As we saw yesterday, the phrase “heaven and earth” is a temple description; that is God in man. It refers to the indwelling of the spirit, what is called the rest of God as seen in Isaiah 66:1: which reads, “Thus saith the Lord, the heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool: where is the house that ye build unto me? And where is the place of my rest”. So Jesus was saying to His disciples, since in my resurrection God tabernacles with man, go ye therefore and make disciples of all nations. It’s important to know that the four gospels or the synoptics were not written immediately they occurred. They were written about 30 years after Christ’s ascension. Hence, the accounts were deliberately documented to be used for teaching in the book of Acts. And what they largely captured was Jesus’ life as a minister. Jesus lived preaching about the kingdom of God, and if you are truly a Son of God, what you should be found doing is teaching, preaching and raising disciples for the kingdom. Jesus was not a relationship or finance expert. In fact in His time, going to Him for financial advice would be the worst decision. For example, a rich man once went to Him and said, “What should I do to gain the kingdom”, Jesus told the man to go and sell all he had and give the proceeds to the poor. That cannot be a wise financial advice. Neither was Jesus an expert in nation building because in Mark 12:14-17, they asked Him whether it was lawful to pay tax to Caesar; they knew that Caesar was a tyrant and if Jesus said No! they will report to Caesar and if He said Yes! They will question His claim of being the messiah. But Jesus simply told them to give to Caesar what belonged Caesar-the coin and to God what belongs to God. What belonged to God were their own lives. So Jesus had nothing to do with the system of government in nations.
The word “observe” in our theme text was translated from the Greek word “Tereo” and it means to watch over so it doesn’t get lost. It means we are to have a life of observation-to keep watching the same truth handed over to us. Jesus handed over the message and the ministry to the apostles of Old and they went about preaching and making disciples for the kingdom. We are to replicate same passion and zeal in the preaching of the gospel. Paul speaking said, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ; for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth…” (Romans 1:16). We must preach the gospel to everyone Because it produces result in the life of anyone who hears and believes it. Through its dissemination, God delivers men from darkness and brings them into the kingdom of His Son. Know that you are not preaching in your own power or strength, He’s your strength and His glory is in your life. The standing of the church is that we have all been enlisted into the ministry of reconciliation ( 2 Corinthians 5:18). We have the mandate to reach out to the lost souls and bring them into the kingdom of God. This is something we all must take very seriously this year; we must be effective soul winners and diligent disciplers. There’s no better way to experience the excitement of Christianity and live for the Lord than to be an ardent soul winner.
INSTRUCTION: Be deliberate in the preaching of the gospel.
PRAYER: I affirm that the Father is working in me and through me to establish his kingdom in the heart of men, in Jesus Name, Amen.
QUOTE: it is by the preaching of the gospel that a man is translated from the kingdom of darkness to the kingdom of God.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: ROMANS CHAPTER 1; EVENING: JOHN CHAPTER 1