The Mission: Week 1 - Day 5
God, thank you for your love. In your love you announced the Gospel of the Kingdom to the whole world. We thank you that not only did you share the Gospel with us, but you invite us to play a part in your plan of redeeming the world. May we cherish and take seriously this role.
READ: Matthew 24:14 NIV
“And this Gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.”
This statement from Jesus comes within the context of the Olivet Discourse, teachings on the end times. In this particular verse, Jesus is responding to a question about when the end times will come and what will be the accompanying signs. Regardless of your views on the end times and exactly how and when these play out, I think there are take-aways for all of us. First is that the Gospel will be preached in the whole world. The benefits of scientific progress have provided many more tools for sharing the Gospel with those people previously unreached. Even more exciting is God’s inviting us to partake in the spread of the Gospel. After all, this was the great commission giving to us, to go and make disciples of all nations. Nothing has brought me more joy in this life than sharing the Gospel with others or helping others better understand the Gospel. The second take away is more sobering, there is an end. At some point in time we will no longer have the opportunity to share the Gospel with others. This should create a sense of urgency in us as we go about our daily lives. The Bible says there is an end to the earth but there is clearly an end to our earthly lives that may or may not come before the end of the earth. The reality is we simply don’t know how many days are left for our friends, family, neighbors and coworkers to hear and respond to the Gospel. Let us make the most of the time we are given.
God’s desire was made clear to us in the Great Commission in Matthew 28:19. Have you joined the game or are you sitting on the sidelines or perhaps the bleachers? For those of us who haven’t stepped on the playing field, I think some sober reflection on the reality that the end will come can serve as a strong motivator. The truth is many of us think that we will have more time to share our faith when our kids are grown, when we are retired, when work slows down, etc. While this may be true, we simply don’t know how much time we have been given, let alone how much time others have been given. Don’t miss out on the opportunity today to change someone’s life for now and for eternity. The end will come.
God, give me the boldness to share my faith while there is still time. Help me to live in light of the fact that you are coming. Thank you for allowing me to play a role in your plan of salvation for others and for the joy that comes in sharing my faith and seeing the lives of others transformed.