They went out and preached that people should repent. Mark 6:12
Jesus started to have His ministry expand through the disciples. He sent them out in groups of two to the different villages to preach the gospel message, while He continued teaching in each village. Their focus was to preach that people should repent of their sins.
The whole focus of Jesus’ ministry was to reach and save the lost. He came to save every person on this earth from their sins. The only way a person could be saved from his sins is by his repenting of those sins and accepting the forgiveness that Jesus offered. Believing in Jesus with repentance of sins allows a person to be saved.
People need to hear this saving message. However, many churches do not talk about it, but maybe once a year. Christian speakers rarely talk about being saved. They talk about how to live for God, how to be a good Christian, and the blessings of being a Christian, but rarely give people a chance to become saved.
Many believers may go out into the workplace or community and talk about the blessings of God or the talk against various specific sins. The challenge is that often there is no message of repentance of those sins and turning to Jesus.
Some will say that they are not preachers and leave that to the preacher only. The disciples were not certified preachers, they only spoke of what they knew. Every believer can preach the gospel message. All one has to do is tell what he knows and why and how he became saved. The world needs to hear that.
When the gospel message is first preached, then salvation will occur and God can do many miracles. The miracles are signs of what God is doing inside. Salvation cannot be seen, but the miracles can. Then lives will be changed and God’s kingdom will grow larger.
As you go out today seek opportunities to share the gospel message of salvation with those you meet. Show the need to repent of sins and turn to Jesus.
Do not just speak against the sins, but also show God’s great love and plan for them. God does not want anyone to die in their sins. He wants everyone to be saved. Are you taking that gospel message to everyone you know?
I pray today that you will know the salvation Jesus provides; that you will share you testimony of God’s work in your life with others; that you will not be ashamed of the gospel of Jesus; and that you will preach salvation to all you meet.
“Therefore groan, son of man! Groan before them with a broken heart and bitter grief. And when they ask you, ‘Why are you groaning?’ you shall say, ‘Because of the news that is coming. Every heart will melt with fear and every hand go limp; every spirit will become faint and every leg will be wet with urine.’ It is coming! It will surely take place, declares the Sovereign LORD.” Ezekiel 21:6-7
Ezekiel had been given a message of destruction and the people were not believing it. Now God tells him to groan because of the news he has been given. The people would not understand the groaning because they did not believe the message.
Hearing bad news all the time often deadens the senses. When a city starts to hear of news of major crimes in its city, at the beginning everyone is shocked and get worried with the news. As the major crimes become more common place, most people stop being so shocked. It just becomes a natural part of life. The cares of the crimes have dropped off because of how common they are.
Today there is news of a coming destruction. It is not necessarily the destruction of a specific city or nation, but the destruction of the world. The news is that Jesus will come back for judgment upon the world for all those who chose not to follow Him.
When that judgment comes, all men will tremble in fear. The horror will be greater than anything the world has ever seen. People will want to kill themselves to attempt to avoid the horror of it. At the end of that destruction, every person who does not know Jesus as Savior will be cast into hell for eternity. Then the horror of burning for ever without God begins.
As a believer you know this news. It is coming and there is nothing that can stop it. You should be groaning before the people of this world with a broken heart. A broken heart seeing people dying and getting ready to be destroyed for lack of faith.
Your heart should be patterned after God’s heart, one that breaks at the thought of anyone not being saved. Seek God for every open door to tell others about Jesus and the news of what is going to happen. Seek to save as many from destruction as possible.
I pray today that you will know the news that God has for this world; that your heart will break as God’s does for the lost; that you will tell everyone about Jesus; and that God will draw many to Jesus through you.
Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”
Isaiah had a vision, or in some way a chance to see God on His throne in the temple. As he sees God there, God is asking the question of who He can send. God does not make any mention of where He was sending the person, or for what purpose, just that He needed to send someone. Isaiah boldly speaks up and says that he is right there and asks God to send him.
Businesses and organizations are always looking for people to do things for them. The military is the largest organization that is always looking for someone to volunteer to join and do something.
Some common questions that people ask when they are asked to join up are: What are you doing? What do I do? Where do I have to go? How much do I get paid? How long is the commitment? And why?
God is still in the business of asking the question of whom He can send. The questions people ask other people, they also ask God. Along with asking those questions, many start to cut themselves down. They say they are not worthy to do the job, or don’t have the experience, or they are too busy or some other reason not to volunteer.
It is easy to turn down a job from God. Yet, God equips and strengthens everyone who does step up to the plate and volunteer to do the job.
God may not be asking you to go to the nations around the world, or to even move across your nation. He is always asking you to go to those around you. He needs you to be willing to go to those who need to hear about Him that you come in contact with.
You have a message that the world needs to hear–that Jesus died and rose again for every person and wants to forgive and save them. God is looking for people to send out with that message.
Are you willing to step up and tell God to send you?
Or will you hide and back down from the call God has made?
Tell God, “Send me!”
I pray today that you will hear God’s call for volunteers; that you will speak out the message God has for this world; that you will tell everyone about Jesus; and that you will trust God to help you.
“For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline. So do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord or of me his prisoner. Rather, join with me in suffering for the gospel, by the power of God.” 2 Timothy 1:7-8
Many Christians are timid about their belief. Timid is being shy. They do not want to share it openly. Most are scared of what the other person might think, say or do.
In light of being “politically correct,” this is even more true. No one wants to offend anyone else, so they will not say anything. The world thinks that everyone has a right to believe in their own way of living, and one person cannot say that there is only one way.
Jesus, however, stated that He is the only way. God knew that the world would be against Jesus. So He gives all believers His Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit then gives power.
Everyone loves to have some power. In fact, most people would like to have more power. When they hear the Spirit gives power, they may get excited.
But that power comes also with love and self-discipline. The world loves power also, but without love or self-discipline. It is all about control.
God wants you to share what Jesus has done for everyone you meet with His love. Do not bash a non-believer over the head for his sins, but show God’s love.
In order to show this love and share His message, it takes self-discipline. As a person you still have a part of the world in you that will try to bash the person, or just condemn them. This is power, but it is not love.
God’s power and love can be shown in sharing the gospel message that is relevant to the person and meets them where they are. It shows them who Jesus really is.
Do not be shy in sharing the message of Jesus and share it with power, but remember His love, and keep your self-discipline. Control what you say, and how you say it. Go out in His power and tell everyone about Jesus.
I pray today that you will know the power of God in your life; that you will not be shy in sharing the message of Jesus; that you will be filled with the love of Jesus; and that God will help you keep self-discipline.