First to those in Damascus, then to those in Jerusalem and in all Judea, and then to the Gentiles, I preached that they should repent and turn to God and demonstrate their repentance by their deeds. Acts 26:20
At different times there are important messages that need to be broadcast or given out to a group of people. Some of these messages are of extreme importance, while others are not as important.
One common broadcast, that is not of high importance, is telling of a major sale going on. Messages of high importance would be warnings given out when there is a hurricane coming in and major disaster is expected.
As Paul was being tried in court, he tells the court that he did was God called him to do. He had brought a message of repentance and demonstration of that repentance by deeds to all the world, both Jew and Gentile.
Every day people are talking about many different things. Most of those things being talked about deal with their immediate life, but not at a high level of extreme importance. People talk about the weather, work, economy, politics, family, sports and more.
While these things can be interesting and somewhat important, they are often not of extreme high level of importance. Rarely are they dealing with life and death.
The greatest message that every person on this earth needs to hear is one that deals with their life for eternity. It is the message that every believer has heard and believed. That message is that every person needs to repent of sins and turn to God and then show that they have repented by their actions–live for God.
Every believer has a mandate from God to get this message out to every person, regardless of their ethnicity or background.
If you are a believer in Jesus, someone had taken time to bring you the greatest message of all time. They took time to tell you about Jesus, the need to repent and the need to live for God.
Now it is your turn to pass that great message on to someone else. Strive to get the message out to everyone and anyone you can. There is no one too great, too small, too good or too bad that does not need to hear it.
All need to be given a chance to repent and turn to God, gaining eternal life.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that your life will demonstrate by action the repentance you have done; that you will pass the message of Jesus to all you meet; and that many will come to Jesus and repent of their sins through your message.
Now the Berean Jews were of more noble character than those in Thessalonica, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true. Acts 17:11
Everyday people are bombarded with news articles about nearly everything and anything. The news comes from all types of sources, from big name news outlets, to small independent thinkers.
Unless a person really looks at various sources of news and studies it, he cannot know which ones are really telling the true story correctly. Often the stories are told with a biased slant to get people to think a certain way.
As Paul was preaching in Berea, the people listening would double check in the Scriptures everything that Paul was saying. They wanted to make sure what he was saying was true.
It is very common for people in church to just hear and take what the preacher said as true. Most people do not want to take the time to verify what the preacher has said.
Acting in this way can often lead to false teachings and cultic teachings.
One thing people need to remember is that preachers are human and can make mistakes. The only way for members of a church to know if he made a mistake is to verify what was said with Scriptures.
Doing this will take some time and concerted effort to accomplish. One has to be willing to take notes on what is said, while it is being said, then later to go over those notes and verify that what was said lines up with Scripture.
As one does this, it helps ensure that truth is being taught and learned according to God’s word, not just some man’s word.
The longer you are a believer, the more things that you will hear that are claimed to be from God’s word. Do not allow yourself to automatically believe everything you hear is actually from God’s word.
There are many sayings that believers have that do not actually come from the bible, some of which actually go against true biblical teaching. Take the time to listen, but then take more time to study to verify what you have heard or read.
This also includes anything that you have read in this devotional that is being written. Verify that you are hearing God’s word as He intended it to be.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know and understand God’s word; that you will verify anything you hear someone say about God’s word; that you will study to know God’s word for yourself; and that you will always speak the truth of God’s word.
But he said, “I must proclaim the good news of the kingdom of God to the other towns also, because that is why I was sent.” Luke 4:43
People are given jobs to do with every position that they have in jobs. These are jobs that they must do and don’t have an option to choose to not do the job, or else they will lose their position.
In order to keep getting the paycheck, they are willing to do what is required. The good worker will stay focused on what his mission is and not get sidetracked.
As Jesus was getting ready to leave an area, the people tried to stop Him. He told them that He had to proclaim the good news to other towns, because that is why He was sent.
Every person, who has chosen to believe in and follow Jesus, has been given at least one mission. That mission is to proclaim the gospel message, that Jesus came to remove sins and bring new life to all people. How this looks and is accomplished may be different for each person, but the mission is still the same.
God expects every believer to spread the news about Jesus to every one that one can.
As a believer is doing this mission, it will be easy for one to get distracted. The world will try to stop them from moving on to a new place or person. Satan does not want this message passed on. Every time this message is passed on, Satan loses a little more in the battle.
Jesus did not lose focus on His mission, and every believer should be just like Him, not losing focus on the mission. No matter how many people a person gives the gospel message to, there are many more to pass it on to also.
Along with believing in Jesus, you also have the same mission that Jesus was given. You are to pass on the gospel message to everyone you can possibly pass it on to. Do not allow the cares and things of this world to distract you and stop you from that mission.
Millions are dying every day without knowing Jesus and you may be the one to tell some of them. Do not be afraid to testify to what you know about Jesus. Lives are dependent upon your God given mission.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will be a witness of who Jesus is; that you will tell others about the gospel message with no fear; that God will strengthen you to not get distracted from your mission on this earth; and that God will give you strength to do what needs to be done.
As for other matters, brothers and sisters, pray for us that the message of the Lord may spread rapidly and be honored, just as it was with you. 2 Thessalonians 3:1
Watching television, people will see hundreds of advertisements. Once in a while there will be an advertisement that says that it is urgent that one acts upon some sale. It is only for a very short limited time. The message is pushed hard to get it out to as many people as possible, as quickly as possible.
The reason for the hard push is to get results in a higher number of sales. The more people who hear it, the more who will make the purchase.
As Paul finishes this letter, he tells the people to pray that the gospel message he is presenting may spread more and more rapidly and that people will honor and accept it.
As important as it is for businesses to get the message out for a product they sell, there is a message that believers have that is even more important. The message of the gospel of Jesus is one of life and death importance.
Across the world there are approximately 256 people born every minute. At the same time, there are approximately 120 people dying in that same minute. None of those who are born and the majority of those who die have never heard of the salvation Jesus provides.
People are dying for all eternity because they do not know the truth.
Every believer has the truth and it needs to spread across the globe more and more rapidly. Since it is a matter of life and death, it cannot travel too fast.
The two things believers can do to stop the problem is to pray and to spread the gospel message as much as possible. God does not want anyone to perish.
Someone took the time to share the gospel message with you. As a believer now, you must take the time to share that same saving message with others.
Pray that God will show you ways to spread that message faster. Pray that God will raise up more workers to spread that saving message more. Pray that God will stir more hearts to accept Jesus as their Savior.
As thousands of people are being born and are dying every minute, how fast are you working to get the message of Jesus out to them?
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will desire to spread the gospel message of Jesus to the world around you; that you will know the urgency of being a witness for Jesus; that you will pray that God will draw more people to Jesus; and that God will use you to save more lives from eternal judgement.