“As cold waters to a thirsty soul so is good news from a far country” Proverbs 25:25
LIGHT FOR NOW: The Gospel is for ALL.
The early church was completely committed to the preaching of the Gospel of the kingdom, no wonder the result and the impact witnessed wherever they were found. It was evident in the number of people that were added to the early church. “Then they that gladly received the word were baptized: and the same day they were added unto them about three thousand souls” (Acts 2:41). In Acts 6, after some deacons were appointed to handle natural assignments in the church to enable the twelve to face the work of the ministry, the result was more increase. “And the word of God increased; and the number of disciples multiplied in Jerusalem greatly; and a great company of priests were obedient to the faith” (Acts 6:7). It is also on record in Acts 8 that Philip went to Samaria and preached Christ, and the entire city was taken for the kingdom. Acts 14:6-7, has it that: “They (the apostles) were aware of it, and fled unto Lystra and Derbe, cities of Lycaonia, and unto the region that lieth round about: And there they preached the gospel”. So it is a proven fact that the apostles exhibited unflinching quest for souls. Unfortunately, today, some have lost the passion for souls; they are not preaching for souls to be saved, rather they’re preaching to make money and to be famous. The truth is that the man of God must realize that he is a servant hence shouldn’t have a personal ambition with the gospel. We all should be running with the master’s ambition which is to preach and make disciples.
God’s agenda is that, His kingdom be set up in men’s heart and this is only possible where the Gospel of the kingdom is preached. To set up God’s kingdom in men’s heart implies that God’s rule and reign is being established in such hearts; it is where His rule, reign and Lordship is being expressed and His glory and goodness evidently seen in the lives of men. The kingdom of God isn’t a place but in the hearts of men. The Gospel is called “Good news” according to our text and the term “Good news” speaks of its relevance to ALL hearers’ condition. And since this news is for ALL creatures, it means everybody needs it; it has a singular application and relevance to ALL. And this singular application and relevance has to do with sin. The word of God says, the whole humanity have sinned and come short of His glory (Romans 3:23). So sin is the common identity of man and the solution to it is the Gospel. Since the Gospel is the power of God unto salvation, the facts of it which speaks of Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection must be presented to the hearers. It is in these facts that humanity is forever changed. Note that you are not the message, so never you try to make yourself the message; the Gospel that saves doesn’t come in variables, it is definite and specific. So in the events of the Gospel (His death, burial and resurrection) is found the good news. And since it is Jesus’ duty to save and not the sinner’s duty, we ought to deliberately preach the Gospel and we will see sinners brought out of their sins
INSTRUCTION: preach the Gospel deliberately.
PRAYER: Lord, I am aware that I have been chosen to preach the Gospel and nothing can stop me from doing it effectively and efficiently, in Jesus Name, Amen.
QUOTE: You are not the message, don’t make yourself one
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: GENESIS CHAPTER 1; EVENING: GENESIS CHAPTER 2